Risk assessment with female sex offenders : can women meet the criteria of community protection laws?

Vess, James 2011, Risk assessment with female sex offenders : can women meet the criteria of community protection laws?, Journal of sexual aggression, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 77-91, doi: 10.1080/13552600.2010.528844.

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Title Risk assessment with female sex offenders : can women meet the criteria of community protection laws?
Author(s) Vess, James
Journal name Journal of sexual aggression
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 77
End page 91
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1355-2600
Keyword(s) female offenders
sex offenders
risk assessment
community protection
Summary Although females represent a small proportion of the sex offender population, they occasionally appear before the courts under the current generation of laws intended to protect the public from high-risk sex offenders. In this context, practitioners are called upon to provide assessment of the risk these women pose for sexual re-offending. The primary issues addressed in this paper are related to the validity of conducting such risk assessments and providing professional opinions as to the risk of further sexual offences that may be committed by female offenders. The approach taken is to summarize briefly the available professional literature regarding female sex offenders, and then to present the findings of the relatively few empirical studies that address sexual recidivism in females. The final section examines the positions taken in the published works of various international experts regarding risk assessment with females, followed by conclusions and recommendations in light of the standards typically prescribed by community protection laws.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13552600.2010.528844
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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