Child Abuse and Neglect - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128153444

Child Abuse and Neglect

1st Edition

Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact and Management

Editors: India Bryce Yolande Robinson Wayne Petherick
Paperback ISBN: 9780128153444
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2019
Page Count: 500
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Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact and Management is a reference text that provides an overview of all aspects of child abuse and neglect and fills a void in current literature. This work approaches the issue of child abuse from several viewpoints. First, child abuse is considered from both victimization and offending perspectives and, although empirical scholarship informs much of the content, there is applied material from international experts and practitioners in the field - from policing to child safety to intelligence.

A distinguishing feature of this work is the format. The content is designed to align with university semester timetables, and is presented in three parts. Educators can choose to cover three (or more) of the chapters from within each part to fit within a universal twelve-week teaching program. Part One covers typologies, methods, and platforms for abuse, Part Two covers impacts and prevention of child abuse, and Part Three presents issues surrounding recognition and management of child abuse.

Child Abuse and Neglect fills a void in the available university-level classroom-targeted literature, promoting the inclusion of child abuse as a stand-alone subject within university curricula. As such, readership includes undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and wider scholarship, as well as practitioners; including those from psychology, criminology, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

Key Features

  • An up to date approach that tackles child abuse from several viewpoints
  • Coverage includes (but not limited to): typologies, risk and protective factors, recognition, responses, biopsychosocial outcomes, public policy, prevention, institutional abuse, children and corrections, treatment and management and myths and fallacies
  • Provides information on significant advances in knowledge areas, such as: disclosure, neurological effects of child abuse and neuroplasticity, and online and virtual child abuse


Forensic Psychologists, Forensic Criminologists, and practitioners in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. Students and Instructors of upper-level undergraduate and graduate level forensic psychology and criminology programs

Table of Contents

Part 1 Types of Child Abuse
1. Typologies of Child Abuse
2. Domestic and Family Violence as Child Abuse
3. Institutional Child Abuse
4. Online Child Abuse
5. Children in Terrorist Organizations
6. Parental Child Abductions
7. Child Sexual Offenders

Part 2 Impact and Outcomes of Child Abuse
8. Child Victimology
9. Cumulative Harm
10. Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Child Abuse
11 Intergenerational Transmission of Abusive Parenting
12. Lawful Physical Discipline, Children’s Rights, and Child Abuse
13. Developmental, Situational and Social Ecological Aspects of Sexual Violence and Abuse
14. Post Traumatic Distress and Growth

Part 3 Management: Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
15. False Reports
16. Managing Disclosure and Information Gathering
17. Assessment of Child Protection Need
18. Professional Judgement, Decision Making and Risk Assessment
19. Predictors of Re-entry into the Child Protection System
20. Adoptions and Reunification
21. Child Abuse and Culturally Diverse Communities
22. Child Maltreatment and the Judicial/Legal System
23. Media Perceptions of Child Abuse


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About the Editor

India Bryce

India Bryce is currently completing her PhD at the University of Southern Queensland, she also holds a Master of Social Work: Forensic Studies, Vocational Graduate Certificate: Community Service Practice (Client Assessment and Case Management), Vocational Graduate Certificate: Community Services Practice (Statutory Child Protection), Masters in Guidance and Counselling, and Bachelor of Education. India is currently a lecturer in Human Development, Wellbeing and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland and has previously worked as a Child Safety Officer in the state of Queensland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Human Development, Wellbeing and Counselling, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Yolande Robinson

Yolande Robinson’s research focuses on improving outcomes for children and youth at risk in disadvantaged communities, with specific focus on the dissemination of evidenced based crime prevention programs and initiatives. Other research interests include child sexual abuse and neglect, online child sexual predation, and school-based bullying. Yolande’s publications include chapters in Wayne Petherick’s Profiling and Serial Crime and The Psychology of Antisocial Behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Wayne Petherick

Wayne Petherick is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University in Australia. Wayne’s areas of interest include forensic criminology, forensic victimology, criminal motivations, criminal profiling, and applied crime analysis. He has worked on risk and threat cases, a mass homicide, stalking, rape, and a variety of civil suits involving premises liability and crime prevention. He has presented to audiences in Australia and abroad, and has published in a variety of areas including social science and legal works in the areas of criminal profiling, expert evidence, stalking, serial crimes, criminal motivations, and victimology. Wayne is co-editor of Forensic Criminology, and editor of Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, now in its third edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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