Great strides have been made in the forensic assessment of stalking and harassment over the last three decades. Today, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists can play a significant role in assisting law enforcement, protection officers and the justice system with assessing risk, predicting violence, evaluating victims and describing the personality characteristics of stalkers.
To help attorneys and judges better understand the role forensic psychiatry and psychology can play in addressing this serious issue, this Forensic Assessment of Harassment and Stalking chapter provides detailed guidance from the foremost authorities, including the following particular topics:
Forensic assessment of stalking and harassment, including discussion of a variety of assessment instruments
Forensic assessment and evaluation of alleged stalking/harassment victims
Discussion of the conduct required to fit within various stalking statutes
Discussion of the state of cyberstalking/cyber harassment laws
Qualifications of a proper forensic stalking/harassment expert witnesses
Personality variables of known, unknown and intimate partner stalkers
Discussion of the conduct required to be actionable harassment
Guidance on how to assess stalking and harassment law in any jurisdiction
The relationship of #MeToo to harassment law
In addition to comprehensive guidance on the requirements of a forensic assessment of stalking and harassment, this chapter also provides a number of case vignettes that illustrate: (1) properly performed assessments; and (2) improperly performed forensic evaluations by poorly trained and/or unprepared experts and those who have failed to remain current.
Offering a thorough review of the literature in this field, the Forensic Assessment of Harassment and Stalking chapter is an invaluable resource for lawyers, judges and experts navigating cases involving these types of accusations, allegations and charges.
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