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Date(s) - Feb 17, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Presenter: Calvin Jutasi (Australia): Monash Health, Mental Health Program, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Troy E. McEwan (Australia): Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology & Forensicare

Studies over the past 30 years suggest that health professionals, professionals from the criminal justice system, and university faculty are all at increased risk of being stalked in their professional role. However, the literature on stalking of professionals is fragmented and tends to be siloed within each profession. This scoping review compares the experiences of victims across professions, the impact of stalking on those from different professions, and the responses of employing organizations to the stalking. The review makes clear that stalking is commonly experienced in a variety of different professional roles and the nature of stalking and its impacts are broadly similar, regardless of the targeted profession. The responses of employers are routinely reported as unhelpful by victims of stalking. The findings from the scoping review are used to inform recommendations to improve organizational responses to stalking.

 

 

Calvin Jutasi is a Forensic Clinical Specialist who believes in community safety and improved long term outcomes for individuals at risk of offending and reoffending. The core business of his work includes but not limited, clinical consultancy and utilising evidence based risk assessment tools to evaluate individuals presenting with various problem behaviours, including violence, threats, stalking, general offending, vexatious complainants and sexual offending. He routinely provides education and training to different professionals on topics related to forensic mental health, risk assessment and management. Calvin has also contributed to service development and the establishment of a forensic mental health team within an Area Mental Health Service.

He completed his initial mental health nursing at Buckinghamshire Chiltern University, UK in 2006, then obtained his postgraduate Masters in Forensic Mental Health at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He has worked in various forensic mental health settings, prison services, psychiatric intensive care units, including establishing a new service for adults experiencing debilitating mental illness. He has a strong interest in stalking, recently undertaking research into the stalking of professionals and publishing his work in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. His aspiration to reform and improve systems to better meet the needs of individuals that come into contact with the criminal justice system has led to his involvement in a wide range of strategic, advisory, planning, regulatory and leadership roles.

 

Troy McEwan is a clinical and forensic psychologist who works as an academic at Swinburne University of Technology and as a clinician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focusses on improving understanding, assessment and treatment of stalking, intimate partner and family violence and deliberate firesetting. She has particular expertise in the development and evaluation of risk assessment instruments for these and other behaviours such as violence and sexual offending, and has co-authored four risk assessment instruments that are in use by criminal justice and mental health agencies around the world.

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