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Violence Risk Assessment

Violence risk assessment is a decision-making task that transpires in numerous legal and clinical settings in which the possibility of a person's future violent behavior is of concern. Common contexts in which violence risk assessment occurs include involuntary civil commitment, release from prison or forensic hospital, sentencing, transfer of youths to adult court, and sexually violent predator determinations. The formal study of violence risk assessment proliferated after the seminal research studies and legal decisions in the 1960s and 1970s established that despite the legal demands for and constitutionality of risk assessments, little empirical evidence could be garnered in their support. Researchers soon focused on identifying promising risk factors for violence and, more recently have been developing and evaluating structured violence risk assessment measures intended ...

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