Assessing Dangerousness, Third Edition

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Assessing Dangerousness, Third Edition

SKU# 9780826133267

Domestic Violence Offenders and Child Abusers


  • Jacquelyn C. Campbell PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Jill Messing PhD, MSW


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 their field, has faced the difficult task of assessing the risk of intimate partner violence and child abuse in courtrooms, clinics, shelters, hospitals, schools, and more. Their experience in research and practice makes this the go-to resource for anyone required to make predictions about violent behavior in family settings.


  • Presents clinical and court examples requiring the assessment of risk and danger that appeals 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, instrumental in identifying families with multiple risks.
  • Presents the latest research on the risk of re-assault in intimate partner violence and risk over the life course.
  • Reviews the latest version of Dr. Campbellā€™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 IPV exposing readers to the rising stars in the field.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 03, 2017
  • Page Count 238
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826133267

About The Author(s) 

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV) and has authored or co-authored more than 230 publications and seven books on violence and health outcomes. As a nurse educator and mentor, Dr. Campbell teaches course on Family Violence and is the PI of an NIH-funded (T32) fellowship that provides funding for pre- and postdoctoral fellows in violence research. Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000, Dr. Campbell was a member of the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Jill Theresa Messing, MSW, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She has published nearly 50 articles and book chapters on intimate partner violence and been an expert witness in over 20 domestic violence-related cases. Dr. Messing specializes in intimate partner violence risk assessment. She has evaluated the predictive validity of several forms of the Danger Assessment, including the Lethality Screen and the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE). She is on a research team with Dr. Campbell that is adapting the Danger Assessment for use with immigrant, refugee and Native American victims of intimate partner violence. 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 intimate partner violence.

Table of Contents 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Prediction of Interpersonal Violence: An Introduction

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

Chapter 2: Prediction Issues for Practitioners

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

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

Joel S. Milner, Julie L. Crouch

Chapter 4: Evaluating Risk Factors for Fatal Child Abuse

Scott D. Krugman, Francie J. Julien-Chinn

Chapter 5: Prediction of Homicide of and by Battered Women

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

Chapter 6: Assessing Risk of Intimate Partner Violence

N. Zoe Hilton, Angela Wyatt Eke

Chapter 7: Children at risk of homicide in the context of intimate partner violence

Peter Jaffe, Jordan Fairbairn, Katherine Reif