International Handbook of Threat Assessment

Paperback | December 18, 2013

EditorJ. Reid Meloy, Jens Hoffmann

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Threat assessment is a method used by mental health and law enforcement professionals to assess the risk of intended violence toward a specific target, such as attacks and assassinations of public figures, workplace homicides, mass murders, school shootings, and acts of terrorism, bothdomestic and foreign. Beginning with studies by the U.S. Secret Service twenty years ago, the research and interest in this field has accelerated over the past decade with published scholarship and emerging professional organizations. International Handbook of Threat Assessment offers a definition of the foundations of threat assessment, systematically explores its fields of practice, and provides information and instruction on the best practices of threat assessment. The volume is divided into three sections. Section I definesthe difference between threat assessment and traditional violence risk assessment and discusses threat assessment terminology and practice, contemporary understanding of threats, warning behaviors concerning targeted violence, and the legal basis of threats and targeted violence interventions.Section II elaborates on the various domains of threat assessment, such as workplace violence, public figure attacks, school and campus violence, insider threats, honor-based violence, computer-modeling of violent intent, targeted domestic violence, anonymous threats, and cyberthreats. Section IIIpresents the functions of a number of threat assessment individuals and units, including the UK Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Australia's Problem Behaviour Program, and the U.S. Navy Criminal Investigative Service, among others. This book will serve as the standard reference volume in the field of threat assessment and will be invaluable to mental health and criminal justice professionals who practice threat assessment or are interested in understanding this new field of research.

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Threat assessment is a method used by mental health and law enforcement professionals to assess the risk of intended violence toward a specific target, such as attacks and assassinations of public figures, workplace homicides, mass murders, school shootings, and acts of terrorism, bothdomestic and foreign. Beginning with studies by the...

Dr. J. Reid Meloy is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and a faculty member at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist and internationally recognized expert in threat assessment. He is also a Fellow of the American Acade...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Robert Fein and Bryan Vossekuil: ForewordAbout the EditorsContributorsPart I. Threat Assessment - Foundations1. J. Reid Meloy, Stephen Hart, and Jens Hoffmann: Threat Assessment and Threat Management2. Lisa J. Warren, Paul E. Mullen, and Troy E. McEwan: Explicit Threats of Violence3. J. Reid Meloy, Jens Hoffmann, Karoline Roshdi, Justine Glaz-Ocik, and Angela Guldimann: Warning Behaviors and Their Configurations across Various Domains of Targeted Violence4. Bram B. Van der Meer and Margaret L. Diekhuis: Collecting and Assessing Information for Threat Assessment5. Kris Mohandie and Jens Hoffmann: Legal Issues in Threat ManagementPart II. Threat Assessment - Fields of Practice6. Stephen G. White: Workplace Targeted Violence: Threat Assessment Incorporating a Structured Professional Judgment Guide7. Eugene R. D. Deisinger, Marisa R. Randazzo, and Jeffrey J. Nolan: Threat Assessment and Management in Higher Education: Enhancing the Standard of Care in the Academy8. Kris Mohandie: Threat Assessment in Schools9. Kris Mohandie and J. Reid Meloy: Mass Casualty Homicides on Elementary School Campuses: Threat Management Lessons Learned from Bath, Michigan to Newtown, Connecticut10. Jens Hoffmann, J. Reid Meloy, and Lorraine Sheridan: Contemporary Research on Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures11. P. Randall Kropp and Alana N. Cook: Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Femicide12. Andre Simons and Ronald Tunkel: The Assessment of Anonymous Threatening Communications13. Mario J. Scalora: Electronic Threats and Harassment14. Antonio Sanfilippo, Liam McGrath, and Eric Bell: Computer Modeling of Violent Intent: A Content Analysis Approach15. James Biesterfeld: The Use of Threat Assessment in Tactical Operations: Reverse Engineering the Method16. Ronald Schouten and Gregory Saathoff: Insider Threats in Bioterrorism Cases17. Henrik Belfrage and Linda Ekman: Threat Assessment of Targeted Honor-based Violence18. Mary Ellen O'Toole and Sharon S. Smith: Fundamentals of Threat Assessment for BeginnersPart III. Threat Assessment- Operations19. Jeffrey Dunn: The LAPD Threat Management Unit20. David V. James, Frank R. Farnham, and Simon P. Wilson: The Fixated Threat Assessment Center: Implementing a Joint Policing and Psychiatric Approach to Risk Assessment and Management in Public Figure Threat Cases21. Sharon S. Smith, Robert B. Woyach, and Mary Ellen O'Toole: Threat Triage: Recognizing the Needle in the Haystack22. Keith Dormond: Domestic Violence Threat Assessment: Putting Knowledge and Skills into Practice23. Rachel Solov: An Operational Approach to Prosecuting Stalking Cases24. Jens Hoffmann and Katherine Timmel Zamboni: Building up a Threat Assessment Process at Universities: Experiences from Europe25. Troy E. McEwan, Rachel D. MacKenzie, and Jennifer McCarthy: The Problem Behavior Program: Threat Assessment and Management in Community Forensic Mental Health26. Dorian Van Horn: Threat Assessment within the United States Navy and Marine Corps27. J. Reid Meloy and Kris Mohandie: Assessing Threats by Direct Interview of the Violent True Believer