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Title: Moving Beyond Motive-based categories of Targeted Violence

Today’s categories for responding to targeted violence are motive-based and tend to drive policies, practices, training, media coverage, and research. These categories are based on the assumption that there are significant differences between ideological and non-ideological actors and between domestic and international actors. We question the reliance on these categories and offer an alternative way to frame the response to multiple forms of targeted violence. We propose adopting a community-based multidisciplinary approach to assess risk and provide interventions that are focused on the pre-criminal space. We describe four capabilities that should be implemented locally by establishing and maintaining multidisciplinary response teams that combine community and law-enforcement components: (1) community members are educated, making them better able to identify and report patterns associated with elevated risk for violence; (2) community-based professionals are trained to assess the risks for violent behavior posed by individuals; (3) community-based professionals learn to implement strategies that directly intervene in causal factors for those individuals who are at elevated risk; and (4) community-based professionals learn to monitor and assess an individual’s risk for violent behaviors on an ongoing basis. Community-based multidisciplinary response teams have the potential to identify and help persons in the pre-criminal space and tomore » reduce barriers that have traditionally impeded community/law-enforcement collaboration.« less
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  1. Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL (United States)
  2. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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United States