An Evaluation of the Reliability of Forensic Case Formulation in the Risk Assessment of Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV), also known as spousal assault and domestic violence, is the most common form of violence experienced by women worldwide. Fortunately, IPV risk assessment tools, training, and practices have improved immensely over the last 20 years. One of the areas that can still be improved is training those using violence risk assessments for evaluations to better understand the root causes of violence at the individual level. The process of determining root causes of violence is an advanced skill now considered necessary for the comprehensive assessment of violence risk and determining risk management strategies. This study will develop and test a training program to improve aspects of risk assessment training and increase the utility of the training process. Improving the training around the root causes of violence within risk assessment is one of the last frontiers to improving risk assessment practices and training and ultimately reducing the incidence of IPV.

Faculty Supervisor:

Jodi Viljoen


Tara Ryan


Protect International Risk and Safety Services, Inc.






Simon Fraser University



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