law and psychology

Abuse

Definition

1) Abuse, generally: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a person.

2) Child abuse: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a child either with intent or through neglect.

3) Substance abuse: excessively using or misusing...

Abuse Excuse

Definition

A self-defense claim that a defendant is incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong or of controlling his or her impulses as a result of being subjected to prolonged physical or mental abuse, i.e. as a result of, inter alia, battered...

Confirmation Bias

A tendency to look first for information that confirms a desired conclusion. As a result, a theory may be reinforced to such a high extent that later discovered negating information appears to reinforce a minority view at best.

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pedophilia

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn abnormal obsession with children as sex objects. A person who acts upon this obsession, by molesting a child, taking explicit photographs, and performing other acts specified by law, is guilty of a...

Recidivism

Tendency to engage in repeated criminal behavior. Usually refers to the condition of being convicted for a crime, serving the sentence, and then committing another crime that results in a new conviction and sentence. High rates of recidivism in a...

Recidivist

A habitual criminal. A repeat offender.