The role of personal identity in acts of targeted violence: An important factor in risk and threat assessment


Authors: Lino Faccini and Clare S Allely
Page Range: 415-425
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 21 Issue 4
ISSN: 2191-1231

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Identity has been a relatively understudied factor for individuals with a developmental disability in risk and threat assessments. This study examined the nature and role of identity in committing planned or target violence. Single subject case analyses were conducted either involving interviews, clinician observations and analyses or an analysis of police transcripts and/or manifestos via the Pathway Towards Intended Violent threat assessment method. Four different types of dysfunctional identities were presented that had a theme of life experiences that contaminated a former positive life and resulted in a tendency towards victimization. Subsequently, individuals sought redemption and identity repair through progressing along the Path towards Intended Violence and committing significant acts of violence. A tendency towards victimiz-ation is presented as a possible underlying factor across the different dysfunctional identities. Other associated issues related to personal identity are identified and discussed.

Keywords: Dysfunctional identities, developmental disabilities, targeted violence, path towards intended violence, identity repair

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