International Handbook of Threat Assessment

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Edition: 2nd
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Pub. Date: 2021-04-23
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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In recent history, planned violent attacks have persisted in the United States and abroad. Ranging from targeted attacks on private individuals, public figures, schools, universities, corporations, and public venues, among others, these attacks have continued to illustrate the need for improved threat assessment and management efforts at local and national levels.

In the few years since its publication in 2014, the International Handbook of Threat Assessment has become the gold standard textbook for the prevention of targeted violence. With this new edition, editors J. Reid Meloy and Jens Hoffmann have expanded their landmark text, reflecting the rise of scholarship and growth within the field of threat assessment and management. The book spans across disciplines and explores the foundations of threat assessment, the fields of practice in which it is utilized, and provides detail on practical applications from the most notable threat assessors and programs in North America, Europe, and Australia. Since the first edition, new chapters focusing on lone actor terrorism, insider threats, cyberthreats, the use of artificial intelligence, bystander effects, and enhanced interviewing techniques, offer new guidance for threat assessment professionals.

International Handbook of Threat Assessment is the comprehensive resource for mental health practitioners, law enforcement, and professionals working to prevent targeted violence. This guide will serve as inspiration for further research and equip those working to intercept harm with the necessary tools for intervention.

Author Biography

Dr. Reid Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist and internationally recognized expert in threat assessment. He consults on cases in North America and Europe and is a widely published author and researcher. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and past President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has been a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI for the past two decades.

Dr. Jens Hoffmann is a forensic psychologist and head of the Institute of Psychology and Threat Management, based in Darmstadt near Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Hoffmann has published more than seventy scientific papers and book chapters and has been a leader in the professional acceptance of threat assessment throughout Europe. In his role as an expert, Dr. Hoffmann assisted the German Bundestag in rendering the act of stalking a criminal offense in Germany. He is the former President of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP). He was also a founding associate editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.

Table of Contents

Robert A. Fein and Bryan M. Vossekuil


1. Threat Assessment and Threat Management
J. Reid Meloy, Jens Hoffmann, Eugene R.D. Deisinger, and Stephen Hart

2. Explicit Threats of Violence
Lisa Warren, Ruby Basocak, Tamara Bobera, Sarah Chamberlain, Paul E. Mullen, and Troy E. McEwan

3. Warning Behaviors
J. Reid Meloy, Jens Hoffmann, Lynne Bibeau, and Angela Guldimann

4. Source Interviewing in a Threat Management Context
Bram B. Van der Meer

5. Legal Issues in Threat Assessment and Management
Molly Amman, Ron Schouten, and Rachel Solov


6. Workplace Targeted Violence: Assessment and Management in Dynamic Contexts
Stephen G. White

7. Threat Assessment and Management in K-12
Dewey Cornell and Anna Grace Burnette

8. Threat Assessment and Management in Higher Education: Enhancing the Standard of Practice
Eugene R.D. Deisinger and Jeffrey J. Nolan

9. Public Figure Stalking and Attacks
J. Reid Meloy, Molly Amman, and Jens Hoffmann

10. Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking and Femicide
P. Randall Kropp and Alana N. Cook

11. Stalking Threat and Risk Assessment
Troy E. McEwan

12. The Assessment of Anonymous Threatening Communications
Andre Simons and Ronald Tunkel

13. Lone Actor Terrorism
Paul Gill

14. Electronic Threats and Harassment: A Dominant Role in Threat Assessment
Mario J. Scalora

15. Crawling in the Dark: Perspectives on Threat Assessment in the Virtual Sphere
Mirko Allwinn and Nils B?ckler

16. Insider Threats: Leveraging the Benefits of Behavioral Science Research
Deanna Caputo

17. Threat Assessment of Targeted Honor-Based Violence
Henrik Belfrage and Linda Ekman

18. Fundamentals of Threat Assessment For Beginners
Mary Ellen O'Toole

19. International Legal Perspectives on Threat Assessment
Kris Mohandie and Jens Hoffmann

20. Protective Intelligence: Threat Assessment and Management Considerations
Chuck Tobin and Russell Palarea

21. Critical Concepts for Threat Assessment and Management with Adolescents
Laura S. Guy

22. Rethinking the Path to Intended Violence
Frederick S. Calhoun and Steve Weston

23. False Allegations in Rape, Stalking and Gang-Stalking
Lorraine Sheridan and David James

24. The Importance of Bystanders in Threat Assessment and Management
Randy Borum and Mary Rowe


25. Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Chapter for Preventing Targeted School Violence
Lina Alathari, Ashley Blair, Catherine Camilletti, Steven Driscoll, Diana Drysdale, Jeffrey McGarry, and Amanda Snook

26. Operations of the LAPD Threat Management Unit (TMU) and Crisis Support Response Section (CRSS)
Brian Bixler, Jeff Dunn, and Traci Grundland

27. The Fixated Threat Assessment Centres: The Joint Policing and Psychiatric Approach to Risk Assessment and Management in Cases of Public Figure Threat and Lone Actor Grievance-Fuelled Violence
Simon P. Wilson, Michele T. Path?, Frank R. Farnham, and David V. James

28. Domestic Violence Risk Assessment: Tools and Procedures for Threat Assessment and Management
Liam Ennis and N. Zoe Hilton

29. Threat Triage: Recognizing the Needle in the Haystack
Sharon S. Smith and Michael D. Young

30. Workplace violence risk instrumentation: the use of the WAVR-21 V3 and the CAG
Rosa Vi?as-Racionero, Mario J. Scalora, and James S. Cawood

31. The Problem Behaviour Program: Threat assessment and Management in a Community Forensic Mental Health Context
Troy E. McEwan and Rajan Darjee

32. Digital Behavioral Criminalistics to Elucidate the Cyber Pathway to Intended Violence
Cameron Malin

33. Mitigating Harm in the Military: A Military Service Approach to Threat Assessment and Management
Scott Rutz

34. Making Sense of Terrorist Violence and Building Psychological Expertise
Monica Lloyd

35. Assessing Potentially Violent Extremists: Experiences from Dutch Investigative Psychologists
Lieke Bootsma and Ellen Harbers

36. A Review of the Working Dynamics of the Salem-Keizer Student Threat Assessment and Willamette Valley Adult Threat Advisory Team Models
John Van Dreal and David Okada

37. Insider Threat: Prevent, Detect and Mitigate: Building an Insider Threat Program
Michael G. Gelles

38. Assessing Threats by Direct Interview of The Violent True Believer
J. Reid Meloy and Kris Mohandie

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