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Evaluating the risk assessment tools used by Australian police officers responding to domestic violence incidents: a narrative review

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Richardson, J and Norris, K, Evaluating the risk assessment tools used by Australian police officers responding to domestic violence incidents: a narrative review, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law pp. 1-17. ISSN 1321-8719 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

DOI: doi:10.1080/13218719.2020.1739576

Abstract

Family and domestic violence (FDV) remains a topical issue in Australia. With state incidences of FDV reaching up to 1668 victims per 100,000 persons, the need for tools assessing the likelihood of future offending and recidivism is paramount. The present study reviewed the quality and efficacy of FDV risk assessment tools currently in use by police in each Australian state/territory. The review revealed a large gap in the development and quality assessment of tools employed by Australian police officers. Additionally, when compared to international ‘gold standard’ risk assessment tools, it was evident that the tools currently in use are assessing for too many variables, and that key high-risk factors are absent. It is argued that Australian FDV risk assessment tools need revising, with the development of a nationwide risk assessment tool being the goal of future research in this area.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, domestic violence, police, risk assessment, structured clinical judgement, recidivism
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Richardson, J (Mr Jesse Richardson)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
ID Code:140728
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2020-09-02
Last Modified:2020-10-27
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