n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The prediction of violent behaviour : a review of the development of prediction research

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The escalation of violence and especially violent crime has become an alarming reality worldwide and especially in South Africa. This holds extreme negative consequences for both the victims and their families, friends and the society at large. As a result of the impact of violence, mental health professionals are often requested to make predictions concerning the potential violent behaviour of a person. However, this makes heavy demands on the assessor with the result that wrong predictions are not uncommon. Such errors have serious implications for everyone involved. Everything possible should therefore be done to eliminate such shortcomings. In this first of two review articles an overview of the existing research on the prediction of violence will be given.

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