Psych Matters

Autism and Serious Criminal Offending - Part 1

May 27, 2022 RANZCP
Psych Matters
Autism and Serious Criminal Offending - Part 1
Show Notes

Over the years there has been an increasing awareness of the fact that while the vast majority of individuals with autism spectrum conditions are law abiding, some on the spectrum do commit serious acts of violence. In this podcast we look at the core features of autism, explore differences across the spectrum and review the evidence on the link, if any, between autism and serious violence. We also look at the contribution of the core features of autism to the offending cycle and how the condition might affect the individual’s pathway through the criminal justice system.


  • Dr Andrew Carroll - forensic psychiatrist
  • Dr David Thomas - consultant psychiatrist 
  • Dr Chad Bennett - psychiatrist 
  • Tim Marsh - criminal barrister

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