Structured Professional Guidelines for Spousal Assault Risk Assessment: The SARA

P. Randall Kropp, British Columbia Inst. Against Fam. Viol.

Dr. Kropp will briefly describe the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, or SARA, a comprehensive approach for assessing risk for repeated spousal violence. He will comment on the appropriate uses and potential misuses of the "professional judgement" approach to risk assessment. He will then summarize reliability and validity research by the authors of the SARA. Implications for the criminal justice system including police, courts, and corrections agencies will be discussed.

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