The relations among animal abuse, psychological disorders, and crime: Implications for forensic assessment

Frank R. Ascione, Shelby E. McDonald, Philip Tedeschi, James Williams

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The confluence of developments in the assessment of animal abuse, the evolution of psychiatric nosology for the diagnosis of conduct disorder, legislative changes involving crimes against non-human animals, and the recent inclusion of crimes against animals in the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System, highlights the critical need for examining the forensic dimensions of animal abuse cases. We provide an overview of the research literature on these topics in the hope that forensic evaluators will have an evidence-based framework for assessing cases they encounter that include perpetration of violence against animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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