Lethality Risk Factors Series: Pregnancy Abuse and Reproductive Coercion

Pregnancy abuse and reproductive coercion pose as lethality risk factors for intimate partner homicide as they indicate a heightened level of control and manipulation within an abusive relationship, escalating the potential for lethal violence. The interference with a partner’s reproductive autonomy during pregnancy contributes to an environment of increased danger and power imbalance, elevating the … Continued

Lethality Risk Factors Series: Recent Separation

Recent separation is a critical lethality risk factor for intimate partner homicide as perpetrators often sense a potential loss of control over their partner, increasing the likelihood of violent retaliation against the separated partner. The period of post-separation is marked by increased danger, as it may intensify the perpetrator’s feelings of rejection and contribute to … Continued

Lethality Risk Factors Series: Strangulation

Strangulation is a critical lethality risk factor for intimate partner homicide, as it signifies a highly dangerous level of physical violence and control within an abusive relationship. Survivors who experience strangulation are at a heightened risk of subsequent lethal violence, emphasizing the urgent need for intervention and support in such cases. This is part 2 … Continued

Lethality Risk Factors Series: Firearms

Firearms is a is a significant lethality risk factor for intimate partner homicide, as the presence of firearms increases the potential for lethal violence. The availability of firearms amplifies the danger in abusive relationships, posing a heightened threat to the safety of victims. This is part 4 of the DV RISC Lethality Risk Factors Webinar … Continued

Lethality Risk Factors Series: Stalking

Stalking inflicts severe emotional and psychological harm on victims, often causing heightened anxiety, fear, and a pervasive sense of insecurity. Stalking serves as a significant risk factor for intimate partner homicide, as it often indicates escalating violence and a heightened level of danger within the relationship. This is part 1 of the DV RISC Lethality … Continued

Identifying Risk to Children in Domestic Violence Cases

Identifying risk to children in domestic violence cases is a growing area of concern for jurisdictions and many sites have expressed a need for more information in this area. In this webinar, Darren Mitchell, DV RISC consultant and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)  fellow, presents on identifying risk to children in … Continued

Introduction to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Risk Assessment

When implementing intimate partner violence (IPV) risk assessments, many sites need background information about IPV risk assessments and how they are developed. In this webinar, Dr. Kris Henning, Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Portland State University, gives an overview of  what IPV risk assessments are, how they are being used in the criminal … Continued

The Development and Use of the Judicial Risk Assessment Guide in Domestic Violence Cases

Sheila Schwanekamp, Esq. and the Hon. Mary Carney from the New York State Integrated Family Court (NYSIFC) present on the use and development of the NYS Judicial Risk Assessment Guide in domestic violence cases, a guide implemented to help NYSIFC judges identify lethality risk factors in domestic violence cases.    

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