Assessing Risk in Judicial Settings

This podcast focuses on assessing risk and lethality and using intimate partner violence (IPV) risk assessments in judicial settings. Featured guest speakers are: Danielle Pugh, Senior Director of Judicial Education and Leadership at the Center for Justice Innovation, Judge Million (Tucson Domestic Violence Court), chair of the Arizona Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Impact … Continued

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: 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

“These Questions Have Everything That Happens to me”: Analysis of a Femicide Risk Assessment Tool for Abused Women in Brazil

The purpose of this mixed-methods triangulation study was to assess the face validity and comprehension of a femicide risk assessment tool, the Danger Assessment-Brazil (DA-Brazil) among women seeking care in a one stop center for abused women in Curitiba, Brazil. Our secondary aim was to assess professionals’ perceptions of feasibility for using the DA-Brazil in … Continued

The Validity and Reliability of Available Intimate Partner Homicide and Reassault Risk Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review

At least one in seven homicides around the world is perpetrated by intimate partners. The danger of intimate partner homicide (IPH) associated with intimate partner violence (IPV) has led to the development of numerous IPV reassault and IPH risk assessment tools. Using 18 electronic databases and research repositories, we conducted a systematic review of IPH … Continued

Lethality and Danger Assessment

Danger assessments are integral in identifying victims at high risk for potential lethality because they act as a tool to assess the characteristics of a domestic violence offender, victim or relationship. Danger assessments could be the difference between life and death. In this webinar, presenters will examine various tools used to screen for risk or … Continued

Informing Collaborative Interventions: Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment for Front Line Police Officers

Police officers have a unique opportunity to administer risk assessment at the scene of intimate partner violence (IPV) incidents. This article examines the predictive validity of two IPV risk assessments developed for administration by front line police officers and intended to inform collaborative interventions between the criminal justice and social service systems. The Lethality Screen … Continued