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Quick Reference to Adult and Older Adult Forensics

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Quick Reference to Adult and Older Adult Forensics

SKU# 9780826124227

A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Author: Kathleen M. Brown PhD, APRN-BC, Mary E. Muscari PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC


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2010 AJN Book of the Year Award Winner in Gerontologic Nursing!

"[This book] is a wonderful guide to adult and elder forensics, and an important reference for all health care providers who care for adults and the elderely...Highly recommended.


It's about time this book was written! While excellent instructional texts exist, this book fills a niche for the nonspecialty health professional encountering victims of violence in the routine course of careÖThis book should not only be on the shelf in every ED, but also in the armamentarium of providers working in the outpatient setting; public health clinics; residential facilitiesÖand student health clinics."


Nurses and other health care professionals who work with victims and perpetrators of violence are often confronted with issues that they may not have prior training in, such as identifying and managing victims of violent crime. This book is designed to serve as a quick resource for practicing health care providers treating adults and older adults, as well as students or practitioners new to the field.

The book not only has full descriptions of principles of evidence, but also offers detailed guidelines on how to conduct a forensic assessment of adults and older adults. Additionally, the authors examine the concepts of competency and guardianship, and provide guidelines for navigating the justice system. The authors provide current, concise, and easy-to-use information in short chapters that assist practitioners with the prevention of crimes and the identification and management of both victims and offenders.

Key features:

  • Presents general principles of forensics, such as assessment and documentation, principles of evidence, and expert witness testimony

  • Covers a wide range of classes of adult victims, including victims of intimate partner violence, human trafficking, stalking, and sexual assault

  • Discusses various types of offenders, such as long-term offenders, those in correctional facilities, abusive parents, and female offenders

  • Includes a section on unnatural deaths, covering suicide, homicide, and medicolegal death investigation

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 20, 2010
  • Page Count 484
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826124227
  • EISBN 9780826124234

Table of Contents 

Preface: The Forensic Aspects of Adult & Older Adult Forensics

1. Cultural Aspects of Forensics
2. The Cycle and Continuum of Violence
3. Forensic Assessment and Documentation
4. Principles of Evidence
5. Navigating the Justice Systems
6. Expert Witness Testimony
7. Competency, Guardianship and Civil Commitment
8. Violence in Health Care Settings
9. Professional Stress and Burnout

10. Effects of victimization on adults and older adults
11. Victimization of adults and older adults with physical, cognitive and mental disabilities
12. Intimate Partner Violence in adults
13. Intimate Partner Violence in older adults
14. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Intimate Partner Violence
15. Elders abused by family members
16. Elders abused by health care workers
17. Female victims of sexual assault
18. Male victims of sexual assault
19 Elder victims of sexual assault
20. Victims of human trafficking
21. Victims of personal injury
22. Stalking
23. Resources for adult and older adult victims of violence

24. Substance abuse and offending
25. Offenders with psychiatric or cognitive disorders
26. Dangerousness & risk assessment
27. Life long-offender versus the new offender
28. Offenders in correctional facilities
29. Offenders in the community
30. Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
31. Abusive parents
32. Perpetrators of elder abuse
33. Adult perpetrators of sexual violence
34. Older adult perpetrators of sexual violence
35. Female Offenders
36. Animal cruelty: abuse, hoarding, and animal fighting
37. Parenting while incarcerated

38. Medicolegal Death Investigation
39. Suspicious deaths of elders in long-term care facilities
40. Death of elders related to neglect
41. Suicide/Homicide
42. Autoerotic fatalities
43. Families who lose a loved one to homicide