Animal Maltreatment: Forensic Mental Health Issues and Evaluations

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

EditorLacey Levitt, Gary Patronek, Thomas Grisso

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Animal maltreatment includes physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or hoarding of animals, and all states have laws prohibiting various forms of animal maltreatment. About one-half have statutory provisions mandating or allowing courts to order forensic mental health assessments of individualsconvicted of animal maltreatment offenses. Yet there are few resources on this topic for mental health and legal professionals and none that offer guidance for evaluations in animal maltreatment cases.Animal Maltreatment is the first book to provide an overview of animal maltreatment as a legal, clinical, and forensic issue. It offers guidance for mental health and legal professionals involved in the adjudication of animal maltreatment offenses, with a special focus on forensic mental healthassessments in such cases. The book reviews the legal and social contexts of animal maltreatment and then describes research-based and clinical knowledge within the area. It offers perspectives on social and clinical responses in animal maltreatment cases and describes prospects for an area offorensic mental health assessment focused specifically on the forensic evaluation in cases of animal maltreatment. This is the first book that brings together descriptions of the characteristics of those who maltreat animals, factors associated with animal maltreatment behaviors, information aboutthe impact on the animals themselves, and evaluations of offenders to assist courts in decisions about their rehabilitation. Animal Maltreatment will be of great benefit and interest to general and forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, as well as lawyers, legal scholars andstudents, veterinarians, humane law enforcement professionals, and others involved in animal welfare advocacy.

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Animal maltreatment includes physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or hoarding of animals, and all states have laws prohibiting various forms of animal maltreatment. About one-half have statutory provisions mandating or allowing courts to order forensic mental health assessments of individualsconvicted of animal maltreatment offenses. Yet...

Lacey Levitt, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who completed specialized forensic training at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She was one of the key researchers involved in the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit's Criminal Histories of ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199360901

ISBN - 13:9780199360901

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Kirk Heilbrun: ForewordAbout the EditorsContributorsIntroductionSECTION I: SOCIAL AND LEGAL CONTEXT FOR ANIMAL MALTREATMENT1. Gary Patronek: Animal Maltreatment as a Social Problem2. Sandra R. Sylvester and Alexander G. von Fricken: Law and Animal Maltreatment3. Thomas Grisso: Building a Knowledge Base for Social and Legal Concerns about Animal MaltreatmentSECTION II: THEORY AND RESEARCH ON ANIMAL MALTREATMENT4. Lacey Levitt: Understanding Intentional Animal Maltreatment5. Emily Patterson-Kane: The Relation of Animal Maltreatment to General Aggression6. Gary Patronek and Jane Nathanson: Understanding Animal Neglect and HoardingSECTION III: RESPONDING TO ANIMAL MALTREATMENT7. Lila Miller and Gary Patronek: Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Animal Welfare8. Catherine Ayers, Mary Dozier, and Christiana Bratiotis: Social Responses to Animal Maltreatment Offenders: Neglect and Hoarding9. Lisa Lunghofer: Social Responses to Animal Maltreatment Offenders: Cruelty and Sexual AbuseSECTION IV: FORENSIC EVALUATIONS IN ANIMAL MALTREATMENT CASES10. Lacey Levitt and Thomas Grisso: Conceptualizing Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations11. Philip Tedeschi: Methods for Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations12. Terry Kukor, Daniel Davis, and Kenneth Weiss: Practice and Ethics in Forensic Animal Maltreatment EvaluationsIndex