Risk assessment research and tools

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Risk assessment research and tools to assess risk

Grogger, J., Gupta, S., & Ivandic, R. (2021). Comparing Conventional and Machine‐Learning Approaches to Risk Assessment in Domestic Abuse Cases. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 18(4), 90-130.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jels.12276  

Graham, L.M., Sahay, K.M., Rizo, C.F., Messing, J.T., & Macy, R.J. (2021). The Validity and Reliability of Available Intimate Partner Homicide and Reassault Risk Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 22(1), 18-40. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838018821952

Nicholls, T. L., Pritchard, M. M., Reeves, K. A., & Hilterman, E. (2013). Risk assessment in intimate partner violence: A systematic review of contemporary approaches. Partner Abuse, 4(1), 76–168. https://doi.org/10.1891/1946-6560.4.1.76 

Svalin, K., Levander, S. (2020). The predictive validity of intimate partner violence risk assessments conducted by practitioners in different settings: A review of the literature. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 35(2), 115–130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-019-09343-4 

van der Put, C. E., Gubbels, J., & Assink, M. (2019). Predicting domestic violence: A meta-analysis on the predictive validity of risk assessment tools. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 47, 100–116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2019.03.008 

Risk assessment and management practices

Kebbell, M.R. (2019): Risk assessment for intimate partner violence: How can the police assess risk?. Psychology, Crime & Law, 25(8), 929-846. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2019.1597087  

Messing, J.T. (2019). Risk-Informed Intervention: Using Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment within an Evidence-Based Practice Framework. Social Work, 64(2), 103–112. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swz009 

Messing, J. Th., Thaller, J. (2014). Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment: A Primer for Social Workers. The British Journal of Social Work, 45(6), 1804–1820. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcu012

Criticism of risk assessment tools

Myhill, A., Hohl, K. (2019). The “Golden Thread”: Coercive Control and Risk Assessment for Domestic Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(21-22), 4477-4497. 
https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260516675464 

Turner, E., Medina, J., & Brown, G. (2019). Dashing Hopes? the Predictive Accuracy of Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment by Police. The British Journal of Criminology, 59(5), 1013–1034. 
https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy074

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