Aggression and violence
Acts of aggression and violence, including assault and homicide, represent some of the most harmful of all antisocial behaviours. They are associated with substantial personal and social concerns. They also have an enormous financial impact, costing economies billions of dollars each year in health care, legal and justice system costs, absenteeism from work, and lost productivity. Given the extent of the burden resulting from aggression and violence, it is critical we devote attention and resources to the development of violence prevention and intervention programs that can successfully reduce violent behaviour.
Our research into aggression and violence focuses on:
- the assessment, treatment and management of violent offenders
- the assessment of risk for violent offending
- the relationship between mental disorder and violence
- the development of theory and the application of theories and models of aggression and violence to clinical and forensic practice.
We have a long record of collaborating with general and forensic mental health and correctional services. We enjoy particularly strong relationships with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) and Corrections Victoria.
Key current projects in this area including studies exploring:
- the relationship between personality disorder and violence
- violence risk assessment and management procedures
- violent offender treatment evaluation
- the violent offending of people with mental illness.
Chair: Professor Michael Daffern
- Chu, C.M, Thomas, S.D.M., Ogloff, J.R.P & Daffern, M. (2013). The Short- to Medium-term Predictive Accuracy of Static and Dynamic Risk Assessment Measures in A Secure Forensic Hospital. Assessment, 20(2), 230-241.
- Daffern, M., Thomas, S.D.M., Ferguson, M., Podubinski, P., Hollander, Y., Kulkarni, J., de Castella, A., & Foley, F. (2010). The impact of psychiatric symptoms, interpersonal style and coercion on aggression and self-harm during psychiatric hospitalization. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 73, 365-381.
- Gilbert, F., & Daffern, M. (2010). Integrating contemporary aggression theory with violent offender treatment: How thoroughly do interventions target violent behavior? Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 15, 167-180.
- Klepfisz, G., O’Brien, K. & Daffern, M. (2014). Violent Offenders’ Within-Treatment Change in Anger, Criminal Attitudes, and Violence Risk: Associations with Violent Recidivism. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.
- Roberton, T., Daffern, & Bucks, R. (2012). Emotion regulation and aggression. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(1), 72-82.
- Shepherd, S.M., Luebbers, S., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2014). Are Youth Violence Risk Instruments Interchangeable? Evaluating Instrument Convergence in a Sample of Incarcerated Adolescent Offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 14:44, 317-341, doi: 10.1080/15228932.2014.954871
- Shepherd, S. M., Luebbers, S., Ogloff, J. R. P., Fullam, R. & Dolan, M. (2014). The predictive validity of risk assessment approaches for young Australian offenders. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 21, 5, 801 - 817