Assessing Risk On-scene: Law Enforcement

This podcast focuses on assessing risk and lethality and using intimate partner violence (IPV) risk assessments on scene; in law enforcement settings. Featured guest speakers are: Sergeant Denise Jones, training consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Stalking Resource and Prevention Center (SPARC), and the Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Consortium … 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

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

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

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 … 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

A Small Constellation: Risk Factors Informing Police Perceptions of Domestic Abuse

Police in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) now routinely use risk assessment tools to identify common risk factors for re-abuse and lethality when responding to domestic abuse. Nevertheless, little is known about the extent to which officers understand and perceive the importance of factors commonly included on risk assessment tools for … Continued