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International Perspectives on Violence Risk Assessment

Jay P. Singh, Stål Bjørkly, and Seena Fazel


As the world’s prison population continues to grow and with the number of inpatient beds in forensic mental health units on the rise, establishing valid and reliable methods of identifying individuals who will commit violent acts is an important public safety issue. One approach to identifying future offenders is through the use of risk assessment—unstructured and structured methods of predicting the likelihood of antisocial behavior. Although much has been written on the performance of risk assessment methods in research settings, little is known about current standards of practice and releva ... More

Keywords: crime, forensic, global, international, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, risk assessment, survey, violence

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199386291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay P. Singh, editor
Professor of Epidemiology and Violence Risk Assessment, Molde University College, Norway

Stål Bjørkly, editor
Professor of Health Sciences and Social Care, Molde University College, Norway

Seena Fazel, editor
Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK

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Section 1 Violence Risk Assessment: The International State of the Art

3 Adapting Risk Assessment Tools to New Jurisdictions

Vivienne de Vogel and Michiel de Vries Robbé

6 Violence Risk Assessment Tools

Claudia C. Hurducas, Jay P. Singh, Corine de Ruiter, and John Petrila

Section 2 The International Risk Survey: Global Findings

7 The International Risk Survey

Jay P. Singh, Sarah L. Desmarais, Randy K. Otto, Tonia L. Nicholls, Karen L. Petersen, and Michelle M. Pritchard

9 Risk Communication

Kirk Heilbrun, Rebecca Newsham, and Victoria Pietruszka

Section 3 The International Risk Survey: Country-Specific Findings

11 Violence Risk Assessment in Latin America

Jorge O. Folino, Daniella K. Villalba, and Jay P. Singh

12 Recidivism Risk Assessment in Belgium

Claire Ducro and Thierry Pham

13 Canadian Contributions to Violence Risk Assessment

Adam J. E. Blanchard, Kim A. Reeves, and Andrea L. Gibas

14 Violence Risk Assessment in Denmark

Louise Hjort Nielsen, Sarah B. van Mastrigt, and Tine Wøbbe

16 Violence Risk Assessment in Hong Kong

Robyn Mei Yee Ho and Chor Kwan Yan

17 The Assessment of Violence Risk

Verónica Godoy-Cervera, Paulino Dzib, Isaac Aguilar Ortega, Daniella K. Villalba, and Jay P. Singh

19 Violence Risk Assessment Practices in Spain

Karin Arbach-Lucioni and Antonio Andrés-Pueyo

22 Risk Assessment in the United States

David DeMatteo, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Meghann Galloway, and Unnati Patel