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(p. 309) Methods for Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations 

(p. 309) Methods for Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations
(p. 309) Methods for Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations

Philip Tedeschi

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date: 13 April 2021

Crimes that involve harm to an animal require formal response and in many cases criminal justice intervention. This chapter provides a framework for the professional evaluator who is charged with performing court-ordered animal maltreatment evaluations. The Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluation (FAME) presents set clinical domains, skills, and tools to assist in accurate diagnosis and appropriate intervention. As evaluators examine the clinical causative factors in a case in which an animal is harmed, they find that abuse frequently occurs in a context of family and intimate partner violence with risk toward children or other vulnerable populations. Evaluators of juvenile or adult offenders who engage in criminal behavior against animals benefit from specialized protocols designed to carefully assess clinical domains regarding both possible causes of the animal abuse as well as the necessary treatment and client-specific dispositional recommendations that support public safety for both people and animals.

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