n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The prediction of violent behaviour : a review of methods, the evaluation process and communication

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The high international and South African crime rates in particular, necessitate urgent action. It is therefore important that not only new research should be generated, but that cognisance should be taken of existing knowledge. In this second of two articles an overview of the literature is given concerning the prediction of violent behaviour in individuals. The focus is on the controversy surrounding actuarial versus clinical predictions and the evaluation process, with special reference to guidelines for the evaluation of potential violent behaviour and communication of the risk of violent behaviour.

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