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NCJ Number: 181998 Find in a Library
Title: Sexually Violent Offender: Impulsive or Ritualistic?
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:May-June 2000  Pages:267-279
Author(s): Robert R. Hazelwood; Janet I. Warren
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents and develops a paradigm of serial sex offenders derived from the authors' criminal investigative analysis experience and research.
Abstract: The paradigm delineates two major categories of sexually violent offenders. The "impulsive offender" is described as being criminally unsophisticated and largely reactive in terms of his victim selection and crime-scene behavior. This type of offender is often characterized by a diverse criminal history, generic sexual interests, and significant levels of physical violence. In contrast, the "ritualistic offender" is characterized by diverse paraphilic interests, a pervasive and defining fantasy life, and a carefully developed and executed set of crime-scene behaviors. These two distinctions are examined as they inform the analysis of a sexually violent crime by criminal investigative analysts as well as the clinical evaluation of these offenders within a forensic context. The potential utility of this type of paradigmatic delineation for risk assessments and for assessing the potential for future recidivism is also highlighted. 25 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Crime typologies; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders; Violent offenders
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