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Overview of Domestic Violence (DV) Risk Assessment Instruments (Frequently Asked Questions)

General Material
Published Date
August, 2008

This paper describes several risk assessment instruments available to the corrections community, and addresses frequently asked questions regarding implementation and other considerations.

Includes answers to questions including:

Why do we need a risk assessment instrument for DV offenders?
What instruments should I use to assess DV offenders?
What if our caseloads are too high to provide a full general/violent assessment of all DV offenders?
How do we know there are “low” risk DV offenders?
What specific instruments are available and commonly used in the U.S.?
Which tools are available but have less current research in the DV literature?