Assessing Risk in Pretrial Settings

This podcast focuses on assessing risk and lethality and using intimate partner violence (IPV) risk assessments in pretrial settings. Featured guest speakers are John F. Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, Shira Burns, Executive Director of the Maine Prosecutor’s Association, and Tara Patet, Supervising Prosecutor with the City Attorney’s Office in St. Paul, Minnesota. The ODARA … Continued


The Brief Spousal Assault Form for Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER) is a set of evidence-based practice guidelines for assessing and managing risk of recidivism and lethality for intimate partner violence. This video is a brief overview of the (B-SAFER).  

B-SAFER Factsheet

Overview of the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER).

DA-LE Video

Brief overview of the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE).

DA-LE Factsheet

Overview of the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement.


Brief overview of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA).

ODARA Factsheet

Overview of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA).

Innovative Domestic Violence Prosecution: Reforming Programs & Protocols to Create Meaningful Change

This webinar provides an in-depth look at the innovative programs and protocols in Prince George’s County, Maryland related to domestic violence (DV) cases. Presenters will describe the DV high-risk/high-lethality screening protocol and diversion program, both of which were developed during the COVID-19 courthouse closures to combat the rising number of DV-related homicides and incidents. This … Continued

Examining the Relationship between the Lethality Assessment/Domestic Violence High-risk Team Monitoring (LAP/DVHRT) Program and Prosecution Outcomes

Lethality assessment (LAP) and team monitoring of high-risk offenders (DVHRT) are recent U.S. policy innovations designed to identify domestic violence offenders who are at high risk for perpetrating serious or lethal violence against their intimate partners. One goal of LAP/DVHRT is to increase offenders’ accountability for domestic violence within the legal system. This study examines … Continued

Pretrial Strategy for Handling Intimate Partner Violence Cases

Pretrial supervision agencies are well positioned to manage or mitigate such risks by monitoring some aggressors in the community. Buncombe County, North Carolina, was one of the first counties in the country to develop and pilot a specialized pretrial protocol for such supervision. This case study highlights Buncombe County’s experience implementing the protocol, examines the … Continued