This paper examines the burdens experienced by caregivers of people with schizophrenia. In-depth interviews were undertaken with 107 caregivers (79 caregivers of clients with a forensic history and 28 caring for non-offenders) and categorised into burden dimensions using content analysis. The severity of the burdens faced was also recorded. The types of burden experienced by the two groups were examined using chi squared and t-tests. Results indicated that the two groups described a similar number of burdens. However, the forensic caregivers were more likely to describe burdens relating to violent incidents and annoyance, particularly towards services. In addition, they were more likely to document more severe burdens. The main burdens described are discussed and recommendations are made for the ways in which health professionals could assist caregivers in dealing with the burdens they face.