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

Richardson, J and Norris, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3661-2749 2020 , '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 , doi: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1739576.

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson, J and Norris, K
Keywords: Australia, domestic violence, police, risk assessment, structured clinical judgement, recidivism
Journal or Publication Title: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1321-8719
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1739576
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Copyright 2020 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

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