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Targeting repeat domestic violence : Anthony Morgan, Hayley Boxall and Rick Brownassessing risk of reoffending

By: Morgan, Anthony.
Contributor(s): Boxall, Hayley | Brown, Rick.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice.Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018Description: electronic document (19 pages) ; PDF file.Subject(s): DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | PERPETRATORS | RECIDIVISM | RISK ASSESSMENT | VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | AUSTRALIAOnline resources: Click here to access online Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 552, June 2018Summary: Drawing on repeat victimisation studies, and analysing police data on domestic violence incidents, the current study examined the prevalence and correlates of short-term reoffending. The results showed that a significant proportion of offenders reoffended in the weeks and months following a domestic violence incident. Individuals who reoffended more quickly were more likely to be involved in multiple incidents in a short period of time. Offenders with a history of domestic violence—particularly more frequent offending—and of breaching violence orders were more likely to reoffend. Most importantly, the risk of reoffending was cumulative, increasing with each subsequent incident. The findings have important implications for police and other frontline agencies responding to domestic violence, demonstrating the importance of targeted, timely and graduated responses. (Authors' abstract). Record #5880
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Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 552, June 2018

Drawing on repeat victimisation studies, and analysing police data on domestic violence incidents, the current study examined the prevalence and correlates of short-term reoffending.

The results showed that a significant proportion of offenders reoffended in the weeks and months following a domestic violence incident. Individuals who reoffended more quickly were more likely to be involved in multiple
incidents in a short period of time. Offenders with a history of domestic violence—particularly more frequent offending—and of breaching violence orders were more likely to reoffend. Most importantly, the risk of reoffending was cumulative, increasing with each subsequent incident.

The findings have important implications for police and other frontline agencies responding to domestic violence, demonstrating the importance of targeted, timely and graduated responses. (Authors' abstract). Record #5880