This book has been written for all of those who are interested in understanding and preventing violence in Australia. Whether it occurs in the home, in the workplace, whilst out socialising or on the sports field, the personal, social, and ecomic costs of violence are often profound. Not only does it damage the physical and psychological health of those who are directly involved, but it also impacts adversely on many others - including witnesses, family and friends, and those law enforcement and health professionals who are expected to respond. And yet, there have been few previous attempts to draw together the various disciplinary and professional perspectives on how we might approach the task of preventing violence in Australia. This book has been written by experts in violence prevention, whether they be forensic, clinical and developmental psychologists, crimilogists and sociologists, social workers, or specialists in public policy, law, and education. They tell us how they understand violence and about those prevention strategies that they kw to be effective.
Andrew Day is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has worked in correctional and forensic mental health services in the UK and Australia. He is a Professor in the School of Psychology, and an Associate Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Deakin University. Dr. Day obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham UK in 1994 and Masters in Science in Applied Criminological Psychology at the University of London UK in 1991 that included work as a Prison Psychologist with the UK Home Office. He has published many research articles on offender rehabilitation, co-edited textbooks for pre-university Psychology curriculums, and presented conference papers at national and international research conferences. His current research interests focus mainly on the development of therapeutic and rehabilitative approaches for offenders. Ephrem Fernandez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He has held academic positions in the US and Australia where he also maintains a psychological consulting practice. Working at the interface of medicine and the social sciences, his primary area of expertise is in the etiology, assessment and treatment of dysfunctional anger and concomitant problems of aggression and violence. A frequent presenter of workshops and talks at international venues, Ephrem is also the editor of Treatments for Anger in Specific Populations: Theory, Application and Outcome (Oxford University Press, 2013).