Choreographies of sexual safety and liminality: Forensic mental health and the limits of recovery

P. Reavey, Steven Brown, James Ravenhill, Zoe Boden-Stuart, Donna Ciarlo

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Medium secure forensic psychiatric units are unique environments within the broader “post asylum” landscape of mental health services. Length of stay is much greater and restrictions on behavior, including sexual behavior, are legally and institutionally legitimated, due to concerns regarding risk. As a result, sexuality is rarely explored experientially with service users and no official policies on sexual conduct and sexual safety have yet been developed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100090
JournalSSM- Mental Health
Early online date16 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Forensic mental health
  • Sexuality
  • Vitality
  • Recovery
  • Liminality

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