Physical Abusers and Sexual Offenders: Forensic and Clinical Strategies

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Until recently professionals in both investigation and treatment have considered the fields of sexual violence and domestic abuse as separate and distinct. Numerous studies have shown, however, that these fields may not be so neatly pigeonholed as once believed. Statistics indicate that there is an overlap in both the level and type of violence experienced by the victim. Forced sex now appears to be a marker for violence severity, and many women report the scars of psychological abuse as being debilitating long after they have recovered from the physical wounds.

The first resource of its kind, Physical Abusers and Sexual Offenders addresses the similarities between these overlapping fields. Using the Cognitive-Behavioral approach he has found effective in his extensive experience, the author presents issues important to mental health, as well as investigative and forensic professionals when they assess, investigate, and treat abusers and sexual offenders. The book's extremely detailed structure includes information on the psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual facets of the abuse cycle from name-calling to complete psychological deconstruction, rape, and homicide.

The author offers extensive advice on the differing interview methods relative to interrogation or treatment. The profile of the offender and different types of offenders, the influence of drugs and alcohol, pornography, and genuine mental incapacity such as psychopathology or sociopathology, are just some of the subjects touched on in this exhaustive work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849372599
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Computer and Information Sciences
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 443
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

The Offending Cycle
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault

Control Explored
Psychological Force, Coercion, and Abuse Control

Understanding Stalking
The Psychology of Stalking Recommended Reading

Decision Making Process
Offense Decision Making

Three Stage Abuse Cycle

The Offense Cycle Explored
Stage 1 Normal
Stage 2 Triggers
Stage 3 Victimized and Powerless
Stage 4 Anger and Depression
Stage 5 Isolation
Stage 6 Revenge Planning
Stage 7 Acting Out Revenge Planning
Stage 8 Self-Destructive Behavior
Stage 9 Victim Grooming
Stage 10 The Assault
Stage 11 Sense of Relief
Stage 12 Fear of Consequences
Stage 13 Distractions
Stage 14 Rationalizes Abuse

Intent to Abuse: Awareness of the Use of Force
Awareness of the Use of Force

Impact of Witnessing Interparental or Experiencing Abuse as a Child

Power of Ongoing Victimization

Empathy Explored
Empathy: Three Features or Characteristics

Understanding Urges
The Offense Cycle
Urges as Our Friends

Characteristics of Physical and Sexual

Characteristics of Physical and Sexual Offenders: Similarities
Identifying and Understanding Characteristics

Characteristics of Sex Offenders
Child Molestation
Sexual Assault

Characteristics of the Perpetrator Persona
Characteristics of a Perpetrator

Abuser Typologies
Popular Typologizing Research

Female Batterers
Personality Disorders Among Women Batterers
Treatment for Women Batterers

Typology of Sex Offenders
Law Enforcement Sex Offender Typologies

Female Sex Offenders
Forced and Pressured Sex by Women
Predictors of Sexual Aggression
Characteristics of Female Sex Offenders
Typologies of Female Sex Offenders
Impact of Sexual Abuse By Females

The Role of Alcohol and Drugs in Abuse
Research on the Role of Alcohol Play in Violence
Amounts of Alcohol
Personal Factors
Reduced Anxiety
Impact of Drugs
Treatment Medications

Pornography and Abuse
Role that Pornography Plays in Violence

Motivations For Partner Violence
Role of Anger in Abuse
The Role of Fear
Factors Maintaining Women as Victims

Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, and Pet Abuse

Interviewing Strategies: Detecting
Truth from Deception

Questioning Batterers and Sex Offenders

Detecting Truth from Deception
Inherent Pit Falls

Cues to Deception
DePaulo, et al. (2003)
Ekman and Friesen (1969)
Ekman (1985/1992)
Zuckerman et al. (1981)

Understanding the Psychopathic Personality
Psychopathic Personalities

Physical Cues
Learning What to Look for and How to Look for It

Words and Phrases
Commonly Use Statements

Claims of Memory Problems

Sociopathy, Malingering, and Defensiveness
Feigning and Malingering Psychological Disorders

Physical Abusers and Sex Offenders' Responses When Questioned About Their Crime
Three Patterns of Offenders

Pleading Their Innocence
Why Deny the Offense When, In Fact, They Are Guilty?

What to Question with Offenders
Questions Helpful to Ask in Certain Situations

Attitude of Perpetrator

Approaches for Interviewing Batterers and Sex Offenders
Reasons and Purpose for Interviewing Offenders
Summary of Approaches

Why Use Sarcasm and Confrontation.
Use of Sarcasm and Confrontation
Why I Believe Professionals are Reluctant to Use Sarcasm and

Guidelines for Interviewing Sexual and Domestic Abusers
Recommended Interviewing Strategies

Forensic Considerations for Assessing Violence
Procedures for Accurate Assessments
Informed Consent To Participate In An Abuse Assessment, S. A. Johnson, M.A., L.P., DABPS, DAACCE, ACFE
Forensic Assessment Fees

Where to Gather Relevant Information
Sources for Gathering Assessment Information
Example of Two-way Consent Form
Authorization for Mutual Release of Information

Diagnosing the Abuser and Sex Offender

The Johnson Force Assessment (JFA) for Batterers and Sexual Offenders
Interpretation of the JFA
Abuse Checklist: Victim Section

Assessing Sexual Interest and Arousal
Measuring Offenders' Sexual Interest

SECTION IV Treatment Issues
Medication Interventions

Treatment Excuses

Therapist Concerns

Preparing for the Victim-Perpetrator Session
Reuniting Perpetrators With Their Victims

Research Concerns and Assessment Tools
Back to the Basics of Prediction

Miscellaneous Issues: A Summary
Importance of Obtaining Collateral Information

Recommended Treatment Assignments for Batterers and Sex Offenders: The Most Important Assignments
Useful Assignments for Batterers and Sex Offenders

SECTION V Investigation Strategies for Law Enforcement, Probation, and Parole

Dealing with Parents of the Offender
Dealing with Resistive Parents

Differentiating between Conflicting Goals

Why Interview the Victims or Partners of
Violent Offenders?

When Offenders Complain

Searching the Residence of a Batterer or Sex Offender

Sex Offender Profile and Modus Operandi



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