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Assessment and management of risk for intimate partner violence by police officers using the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. Forens Psychiat Ctr, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. Forens Psychiat Ctr, Sundsvall, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8285-0935
Simon Fraser Univ, Dept Psychol, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada.
Simon Fraser Univ, Dept Psychol, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada.
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2012 (English)In: Law and human behavior, ISSN 0147-7307, E-ISSN 1573-661X, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 60-67Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a crime that is present in all countries, seriously impacts victims, and demands a great deal of time and resources from the criminal justice system. The current study examined the use of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, 2nd ed. (SARA; Kropp, Hart, Webster, & Eaves, 1995), a structured professional judgment risk assessment and management tool for IPV, by police officers in Sweden over a follow-up of 18 months. SARA risk assessments had significant predictive validity with respect to risk management recommendations made by police, as well as with recidivism as indexed by subsequent contacts with police. Risk management mediated the association between risk assessment and recidivism: High levels of intervention were associated with decreased recidivism in high risk cases, but with increased recidivism in low risk cases. The findings support the potential utility of police-based risk assessment and management of IPV, and in particular the belief that appropriately structured risk assessment and management decisions can prevent violence.

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2012. Vol. 36, no 1, p. 60-67
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17548DOI: 10.1037/h0093948ISI: 000302724500007PubMedID: 22471386Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84865594985OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-17548DiVA, id: diva2:678787
Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2012-12-01 Last updated: 2017-10-20Bibliographically approved

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