• Tia Hoffer
  • Holly Hargreaves-Cormany
  • Yvonne Muirhead
  • J Reid Meloy
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The focus of the suggestions noted in this section was on utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation. Without a comprehensive view of the offenders’ behaviors, the patterns that may provide the context and the significance of the behavior would not be available. As a result, inaccurate conclusions may be made and effective, investigative, and prosecutive actions cannot be conducted. In addition, appropriate interventions, including mental health treatment, that could disrupt future acts of violence will not be recommended or implemented. Understanding the type of violence perpetrated can provide additional information to utilize during interviews and evaluations of the offender.


Multidisciplinary Dynamic factors Situational factors Internal factors Operational decisions Interview strategies Child abuse Domestic violence or elder abuse Interpersonal violence Evaluations Antisocial personality disorder Affective violence Predatory violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tia Hoffer
    • 1
  • Holly Hargreaves-Cormany
    • 2
  • Yvonne Muirhead
    • 3
  • J Reid Meloy
    • 4
  1. 1.Federal Bureau of InvestigationKapoleiUSA
  2. 2.Marymount UniversityArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Federal Bureau of InvestigationSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA

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