Risk Assessment

  • One of the most difficult aspects of working with cases involving domestic violence is assessing risk and living with the uncertainty that is part of this process. Risk assessment is not an exact science!
  • The risk assessment process should focus not only on the safety of the perpetrator's partner, but also on children and on the perpetrator's own safety.
  • In order to make as complete an initial assessment as possible, it is important to gather information about the specific history of violence in that relationship from varied sources.
  • Information may be gathered from:
    • the perpetrator
    • the victim/survivor
    • children
    • other family members
    • community/professional people (e.g. police, probation officers, medical reports)