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Predicting repeat domestic violence : Christopher Dowling and Anthony Morganimproving police risk assessment

By: Dowling, Christopher.
Contributor(s): Morgan, Anthony.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice.Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019Description: electronic document (16 pages) ; PDF file.Subject(s): DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | PERPETRATORS | POLICE PROCEDURES | RISK ASSESSMENT | AUSTRALIAOnline resources: Click here to access online In: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 581, October 2019Summary: This study examines how accurately the Family Violence Risk Assessment Tool (FVRAT) predicts repeat domestic violence. The FVRAT is a 37-item tool used by police in the ACT to inform their responses to domestic violence. This study examines a sample of 350 unique cases of violence involving current or former intimate partners between March and December 2017 in which police used the FVRAT. Repeat domestic violence was measured based on whether a subsequent report of domestic violence was made to police within six months. The FVRAT is not a strong predictor of repeat domestic violence. However, an empirically refined version of the FVRAT consisting of 10 individually predictive items much more accurately predicts repeat domestic violence. (Authors' abstract). Record #6447
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Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 581, October 2019

This study examines how accurately the Family Violence Risk Assessment Tool (FVRAT) predicts repeat domestic violence. The FVRAT is a 37-item tool used by police in the ACT to inform their responses to domestic violence.

This study examines a sample of 350 unique cases of violence involving current or former intimate partners between March and December 2017 in which police used the FVRAT. Repeat domestic violence was measured based on whether a subsequent report of domestic violence was made to police within six months.

The FVRAT is not a strong predictor of repeat domestic violence. However, an empirically refined version of the FVRAT consisting of 10 individually predictive items much more accurately predicts repeat domestic violence. (Authors' abstract). Record #6447