People who have Schizophrenia are unlikely to be violent and are frequently the victims of violence. This unfounded myth has been exacerbated by the media.
There is an increased risk of self-harm among people with Schizophrenia and this is linked to an increase in the rate of completed suicide.
Often, because of the nature of the illness, violence is self-directed either through fear, delusional thinking or the decision to 'no longer cope' with the illness.
It is fair to say that a person with Schizophrenia has more to fear from the general community than the reverse.