Violence Risk Assessment Across Nations and Across Cultures

ViolencLegal, Clinical, and Scientific Considerations

Authored by: Alana N. Cook , Stephen D. Hart

Handbook of Forensic Mental Health Services

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138645943
eBook ISBN: 9781315627823
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This is not your typical chapter on violence risk assessment. Our intent is not to review the extant literature on violence risk assessment internationally. Recent reviews have been done (and been done well) by others (Chapter 1 of this book; see also Guy, Douglas, & Hart, 2015; Monahan & Skeem, 2014). We also did not want to be self-congratulatory to our field, highlighting all of the advancements in risk assessment and management in the last 25 years (again, these developments have been well summarized). Given that readers of this book are likely to be experienced forensic mental health professionals, we want to take the opportunity to think about what we do not know, rather than what we do know. We want to stimulate professionals to think about how they can improve their practice of violence risk assessment, to provide better services to those who use and are impacted by our opinions about risk (e.g., clinical team, forensic psychiatric patients, courts, probation officers, and potential victims).

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