Assessing the Risk of Partner Assault Re-Offending: A Validation Study

Jay Watterworth, University of Colorado at Boulder
Larissa Smith, University of California - Riverside
Kirk R. Williams, University of California, Riverside
Amy Houghton, Office of the State Court Administrator

This research is based on an 18 month tracking of approximately 1500 partner assaulters from four judicial districts in the state of Colorado. Risk assessments were conducted for all assaulters using the Domestic Violence Screening Inventory (DVSI) and again with the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA) for a sub-sample of these assaulters. Behavioral outcome data were collected through official records checks and case manager interviews. Using these data, tests of concurrent and predictive validity were conducted. This paper presents the preliminary results of these tests and discusses the implications for criminal justice processing of partner assault cases.

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