Threat assessment is a structured group process that PGI enables to evaluate the risk posed by an individual, typically as a response to an actual or perceived threat or concerning behavior. Upon performing a Threat Assessment, PGI first conducts the following:
- Identify the potential subject
- Assessment of risks of violence posed by the given subject at a given time
- A thorough background investigation of the subject possibly leading to further evaluation of our findings by our Forensic Psychologist for review
- Management of both the subject and the risks that he/she presents to the target
The primary purpose of a threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence. The threat assessment process is centered upon an analysis of the facts and evidence of behavior in a given situation. The appraisal of risk in a threat assessment focuses on actions, communications, a background investigation of criminal history, substance abuse, stressors in the subject’s personal and professional life, and specific circumstances that might suggest an individual intends to commit an attack and/or is engaged in planning or preparing for that event.
In a situation that becomes the focus of a threat assessment inquiry or investigation, PGI gathers information, conducts an extensive and comprehensive background, evaluates facts, and makes a determination as to whether or not the subject poses a threat of violence to a target. If an inquiry indicates that there is a risk of violence in a specific situation, PGI collaborates with Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Reid Meloy, and occasionally with law enforcement and/or LAPD’s Threat Management Division to develop and implement a plan to manage or reduce the threat posed by the subject.
Threat Assessments as related to Stalking:
Stalking is defined as “The willful, malicious and repeated following and harassing of another person.”
Stalkers are defined and identified in three major categories.
A prior relationship exists between the victim and the stalker which includes the following: Acquaintance, neighbor, customer, professional relationship, dating, and lover.
The stalking behavior begins after either:
- The relationship has gone “sour,” or
- The offending individual perceives some mistreatment
- The stalker begins a campaign either to rectify the schism, or to seek some type of retribution
The central theme of the delusion is that another person is in love with the individual. The delusion often concerns idealized romantic love and spiritual union rather than sexual attraction — “A perfect match.” The object of affection is usually of a higher status and can be a complete stranger. Efforts to contact the victim are common, but the stalker may keep the delusion a secret. Males, seen most often in forensic samples, come into contact with the law during misguided pursuits to “rescue” the individual from some imagined danger. Females are seen most often in clinical samples.
Similar to the erotomanic individuals, the victim is almost always known through the media. The delusion that the victim loves them may also be held. The erotomanic delusion is but one of several delusions and psychiatric symptoms and generally has a primary psychiatric diagnosis. These individuals may be obsessed in their love, without having the belief that the target is in love with them and subsequently a campaign will follow to make his/her existence known to the victim.
Whatever the situation, PGI’s personnel can assist in evaluating your safety and provide investigation and security services needed specific to your case.