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Psychological assessment of intimate partner violence


Yaxley, R and Norris, K and Haines, J, Psychological assessment of intimate partner violence, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 25, (2) pp. 237-256. ISSN 1321-8719 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

DOI: doi:10.1080/13218719.2017.1356211


Risk assessment is a controversial area of forensic practice, yet it has become an integral part of responding to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Given lethal consequences can arise from judicial decisions based on poorly executed risk assessments, it is incumbent on mental health practitioners to utilise best-practice methods and form evidence-based determinations of risk and intervention strategies. This article provides a best-practice guide to IPV risk assessment and summarises available information on the most prevalent IPV risk assessment measures for male and female offenders. The research indicates that caution is warranted as most risk assessment measures have not been normed for use outside North America or for female offenders, have small to moderate effect sizes, and a lack of adherence to administrative procedures and methodical rigour has undermined research findings. Nevertheless, structured risk assessment enhances the defensibility of expert opinion and is recommended.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:assessment, psychology, intimate partner violence, best-practice guidelines, evidence-based assessment, family violence, offender, recidivism, risk assessment
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Yaxley, R (Ms Robyn Yaxley)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
ID Code:120640
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-08-29
Last Modified:2018-07-26

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