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Assessing Dangerousness, Third Edition: Domestic Violence Offenders and Child Abusers / Edition 3

Assessing Dangerousness, Third Edition: Domestic Violence Offenders and Child Abusers / Edition 3

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Practitioners in the social, behavioral, and health fields often work with perpetrators and survivors of interpersonal violence. Many are asked to make predictions about the likelihood of future violence. Assessing Dangerousness reviews the intricacies of predicting intimate partner violence and homicide as well as child abuse and homicide to better prepare readers to make such assessments. Extensively revised, this classic volume highlights the latest research in clear and accessible language. Each contributor, a noted expert in his or her field, has faced the difficult task of assessing the risk of intimate partner violence or child abuse in courtrooms, clinics, shelters, hospitals, schools, and more. The contributors’ experience in research and practice makes this the go-to resource for anyone interested in learning about making predictions with regard to violent behavior in family settings.

Assessing Dangerousness, Third Edition:

• Presents clinical and court examples requiring the assessment of risk and danger that appeal to practitioners in social work, psychology, nursing, counseling, criminology, and public health.
• Introduces an evidence-based approach that practitioners can use to integrate risk assessment in a variety of settings.
• Covers the latest risk assessment instruments for use in the field, including the Danger Assessment, the DVSI-R, and the ODARA.
• Highlights the newest and most promising applications of risk assessment such as the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program.
• Synthesizes related legal and ethical issues to help practitioners implement risk assessment in a responsible way.
• Identifies prediction factors and risk markers for use in interventions.
• Exposes the overlap between child and intimate partner homicide, which is instrumental in identifying families with multiple risks.
• Presents the latest research on the risk of reassault in intimate partner violence and considers that risk over the life course.
• Reviews the latest version of Dr. Campbell’s Danger Assessment, the most widely used homicide risk assessment instrument for survivors of intimate partner violence.
• Introduces two new authors in the chapters on child abuse lethality assessments and risk of intimate partner violence, exposing readers to the rising stars in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826133267
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/27/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 223,536
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and the Anna D. Wolf Chair at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV). She has authored or coauthored more than 250 publications and seven books on violence, its health outcomes, and interventions for survivors. Her studies have paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary investigations by researchers in the disciplines of nursing, medicine, social work, and public health. Her expertise is frequently sought by national and international policy makers who are exploring IPV and its health effects on families and communities. As a nurse educator and mentor, Dr. Campbell leads by example in inspiring new generations of nurse researchers. Her BSN, MSN, and PhD are from Duke University, Wright State University, and the University of Rochester, respectively. She teaches an undergraduate and MSN elective in family violence as well as in the PhD program, and is the national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Dr. Campbell led a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded (T32) fellowship that provided funding for pre- and postdoctoral fellows in violence research for 15 years. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM; now the National Academy of Medicine—NAM) in 2000, Dr. Campbell was also the IOM/American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses Foundation senior scholar-in-residence and was founding cochair of the IOM/NAM Forum on Global Violence Prevention. Other honors include the Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher by the Friends of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Society of Criminology Vollmer Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau Episteme Award; Dr. Campbell is one of the “20 for 20” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Leaders in Violence and Injury Prevention and one of the inaugural 17 Gilman Scholars at Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of directors for Futures Without Violence, is an active member of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group, and has served on the boards of the House of Ruth Battered Women’s Shelter and four other shelters. She was also a member of the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Jill Theresa Messing, PhD, MSW, is associate professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University (ASU). She earned her MSW and PhD in social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to complete a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded postdoctoral fellowship in interdisciplinary violence research at Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell. Dr. Messing has published over 50 articles and book chapters focused on intimate partner violence (IPV) and has been an expert witness in more than 20 domestic violence-related cases. Dr. Messing specializes in IPV risk assessment. She has evaluated the predictive validity of several forms of the Danger Assessment (DA), including the Lethality Screen and the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE). She is conducting the first U.S. evaluation of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) and is on a research team with Dr. Campbell that is adapting the DA for use with immigrants, refugees, and Native American victims of IPV. As a social worker, Dr. Messing is committed to evidence-based practice and is concerned with the development and testing of innovative interventions for victims of IPV. She was the principal investigator on the National Institute of Justice-funded Oklahoma Lethality Assessment Study, which examined the effectiveness of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), a collaborative police–social service response to IPV. She is also a coinvestigator on two studies funded by the NIH that examine the utility of Internet-based decision aids for women in abusive relationships.

Table of Contents




1. Prediction of Interpersonal Violence: An Introduction

Allison Ward-Lasher, Daniel J. Sheridan, Nancy E. Glass, and Jill Theresa Messing

Classic Clinically Based Prediction Models

A Victim-Service Reality: Community-Based Intervention

Reliability and Validity

An Evidence-Based Practice Model for Assessing Risk

Predictive Factors

Ethical Considerations


2. Prediction Issues for Practitioners

Joel S. Milner, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, and Jill Theresa Messing

Clinical Versus Statistical Prediction Strategies

Legal Issues and Prediction

Ethical Issues and Prediction

Psychometric Issues in Clinical Practice

Approaches to Developing Predictive Instruments

Test Reliability

Test Validity

Other Measurement Issues


3. Child Physical Abuse Risk Assessment: Parent and Family Evaluations

Joel S. Milner and Julie L. Crouch

Risk Assessment in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention

Child Physical Abuse Risk Factors

Research Issues That Impact Child Physical Abuse Risk Assessment

Determination of Child Physical Abuse Risk


4. Evaluating Risk Factors for Fatal Child Abuse

Scott D. Krugman and Francie J. Julien-Chinn

Context and Definition

Incidence of Child Fatalities

Causes of Child Fatalities

Child Death Investigation

Child Abuse Fatality Typologies

Risk Factors for Fatal Child Abuse



5. Prediction of Homicide of and by Battered Women

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Jill Theresa Messing, and Kirk R. Williams

Homicide and Intimate Partner Violence

Prediction Issues

Published Lists of Danger Signs

The Danger Assessment

Future Directions in Lethality Risk Assessment: A Community Approach


6. Assessing Risk of Intimate Partner Violence

N. Zoe Hilton and Angela Wyatt Eke

Risk Markers and Correlates of IPV

Risk Factors for Repeated Assault by IPV Offenders

Risk Assessment Instruments for IPV

Frequent and Severe Assault

Assessing Risk After Intervention

Practice Issues


7. Children at Risk of Homicide in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence

Peter Jaffe, Jordan Fairbairn, and Katherine Reif

Homicides Committed by Parents

Child Homicides and Child Maltreatment

The Overlap of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Assessing Risk for Child Homicide in Intimate Partner Violence Contexts



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