THE VICTORIAN MENTAL HEALTH ACT ALLOWS PSYCHIATRY TO COMMIT THE ABOVE TORTUROUS PRACTICES ON VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS. Under Victoria’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, someone committing an act of cruelty on any animal that wounds, mutilates, abuses, worries, torments, or terrifies the animal, can be fined up to $45,435 or imprisoned for up to 12 months. If the cruelty results in death or serious disablement of an animal, an offender can be fined up to $90,870 or imprisoned for up to 2 years. 1Yet in stark contrast, mistreatment of psychiatric patients continues without any criminal penalty for the perpetrator under the Victorian Mental Health Act. How is this lack of protection of patients in the law even possible?


  • Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them. Click here to learn more
  • You can find more details on the side effects of psychiatric drugs in the Psychiatric Side Effects Search Engine
  • To specifically search for international studies and warnings on psychiatric drugs see this page Drug Warnings

  • Caution: No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent medical doctor. The information on this website is not medical advice and should not be considered as medical advice. Competent medical advice should always be sought.

Psychiatric Abuse Report Form

The Psychiatric Abuse Report Form is for you to complete and report psychiatric abuse in Victoria to CCHR.

Please complete the form (click here) and send it to CCHR Victoria. We will contact you once we received the form.

Please note, CCHR does not provide legal or medical advice.

Psychiatric Side Effects Search Engine

CCHR created this psychiatric drug side effects search engine to provide the public with easily understandable information on the documented risks of psychiatric drugs. It is provided as a free public service by CCHR International.


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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections

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