An overview of partner violence risk assessment and the potential role of female victim risk appraisals

Erica Bowen

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    The requirement for accurate appraisals of risk for intimate partner violence has increased with the implementation of pro-arrest policies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. During the last 10. years, there has been some progress made in terms of the development of actuarial risk assessment instruments, thus providing alternatives to the previously available structured professional judgment approach. In light of these developments, practitioners need information regarding the reliability and validity of such approaches. In addition, research highlights the potential validity of victim appraisals of risk. The aim of this paper, therefore, is to review the existing literature regarding the practice of risk assessment in this field, with emphasis placed on the validity of currently available risk assessment tools, as well as the predictive validity of victim's own appraisal of this risk. Directions for future research are examined along with the implications of the current evidence base for risk assessment practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)214-226
    Number of pages13
    JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
    Issue number3
    Early online date27 Feb 2011
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011


    • Accuracy
    • Risk assessment
    • Spouse abuse
    • Victims

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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