New Approaches to Policing High-Risk Intimate Partner Victims and Offenders

June 22, 2020 | By Christopher D. Maxwell, Tami P. Sullivan, Bethany L. Backes, Joy S. Kaufman

National Institute of Justice

This article examines two victim-focused models of intimate partner violence (IPV) risk assessment that are used in the United States: the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) and the Domestic Violence High-Risk Team (DVHRT) model. In 2012 NIJ and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) launched the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative to further expand the evidence base about how these  models work in practice and how they impact survivors and the criminal justice and service systems. This article details the impacts and outcomes of using these IPV risk assessment models based on the expanded evidence base.

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