The Johnson Force Assessment The JFA assessment tool was first developed as a research tool to identify the types of force that physical abusers and sex offenders used in the commission of their offenses. I will use the term “offender” to refer to physical abusers and sexual offenders. It has since been utilized in the assessment and treatment process of physical abusers, sex offenders, and victims. It is included in Mr. Johnson’s textbook Physical Abusers and Sexual Offenders: Forensic and Clinical Strategies (2007, chapter 42, CRC/Taylor & Francis). It is copyrighted with the Library of Congress.
It is important to understand and identify the specific types of comments used by offenders, and the specific types of behaviors they use to groom or abuse their victims. It is important to understand all of the subtle and overt grooming and abusive behavior an offender engages in. No behavior or comment, however seemingly innocuous, can be ignored.
The JFA is a thorough screening tool to use when the offender first enters treatment, and then to use as needed during treatment and prior to completing treatment. Information obtained ongoing offers the most information about whether the offender has ceased their use of force. I have used the JFA with offenders, the offender's significant other and family, and with victims.
The JFA consists of two main sections, each containing 109 questions pertaining to specific examples of abuse or force. The first focuses on the specific types of force, violence and abuse the victim experienced. The offender can also complete this section to identify how they may have been the victim of abuse or force from childhood to present. The second section focuses on the specific types of force and abuse the offender or abuser used against their past and current victims. The questions in the victim section are the same as in the offender section, however, the wording is different indicating either having been the victim of the specific type of force or abuse or wording specific to having engaged in the specific type of force or abuse against others. There are some other questions asked as well to help guide the clinician in reference to the victims or offenders history and needs.
For victims, the JFA has proven very useful in helping the victim identify a more complete picture of the abuse that occurred. The questions help the victim recall many of the subtle types of abuse and coercion that occurred.
The JFA is easy to use, and involves only clinical interpretation. Of course, offenders have been known to be less than honest in admitting the use of force, especially on an on-going basis. However, once a therapeutic relationship has been established, the clinician should be able to determine the degree of honesty or deceit of each offender.
All material contained in the Johnson Force Assessment belong exclusively to Scott A. Johnson, M.A., L.P. This assessment tool is copyrighted and registered with the U.S. Library of Congress. Any reproduction or alteration of this material is strictly prohibited by both legal and ethical standards. Scott A. Johnson (the author) has used the Johnson Force Assessment in his forensic practice. He has also presented this material at conferences and trainings and has published this assessment tool in his textbook Physical Abusers and Sexual Offenders: Forensic and Clinical Strategies (2007, chapter 42, CRC/Taylor & Francis).
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