Forensic Therapy Law and Legal Definition

Forensic therapy refers to the psychological treatment of mentally ill patients who have committed violent or aggressive offenses against others or themselves and who are often ordered into a therapeutic setting by law.

Forensic therapy aims to help violent offenders not to commit a crime again. It is helpful to increase patient's insights into his own thought processes. Settings for forensic therapy include high- and medium-security hospitals and prisons, local minimum-security facilities, nonsecure in-patient and out-patient units, nonresidential day hospitals, specialty centers and, in the community, forensic assessment units.