A Joint domestic abuse assessment of both parents (please note that all clients are seen separately), includes all the elements of risk and vulnerability assessments outlined below, but also giving a clear picture of the dynamics of the relationship, the likelihood of separation/reconciliation and the particular safeguarding issues raised by the parental relationship. This assessment is available at any stage of the case (CIN, CP plan, PLO and care proceedings) and can be completed by an expert assessor in just 6 weeks*. This assessment is suitable regardless of whether the parents remain in the abusive relationship and will include a risk management plan for every member of the family.  

The assessment report will contain an assessment of each parent and is designed to provide clarity in areas of risk and vulnerability. A joint risk and vulnerability assessment is always completed by an expert witness who can attend court if necessary. As a minimum, the report will include the following:

Risk assessment of perpetrator
● static risk indicators, such as lethality, use of weapons and history of violence;
● dynamic risk factors, such as denial of culpability, remorse and victim empathy;
● history of domestic violence and the possible impact on the child;
● likelihood of further exposure of the child to domestic violence;
● parent’s understanding of the impact of the domestic violence on children;
● range of factors that may have contributed to domestic violence risks;
● prognosis for treatment and a risk management plan.

Vulnerability assessment of victim/survivor
● mother’s background, including exposure to violence as a child and any violence in
previous relationships;
● history of domestic violence and the possible impact on the child, and likelihood of
further exposure of the child to domestic violence;
● mother’s understanding of the impact of the domestic violence on children;
● static and dynamic vulnerability indicators, including ability to assess risk and
prioritise safety, ability to access support and understanding of domestic abuse;
● range of factors that may have contributed to domestic violence risks;
● recommendations for risk management strategies and treatment options.

Where there is an urgent need for an overview of risk and vulnerability prior to a full report being completed, a preliminary report can be provided that will give an outline of static factors, an indication of dynamic factors and giving an early view on treatment suitability and prognosis for change.

Single risk and vulnerability assessments of each parent are also available.

Terms and conditions, referral form and printable information sheets are available to download below. Alternatively please contact us.

* Timescales are subject to change depending upon current workload.

 

Referral Form

Download our referral form that can be completed electronically and emailed 

Assessments Info

Printable info sheet including report contents, breakdown of hours and costs

Fees and Timescales

Printable sheet with details of our assessment fees and timescales

Terms and Conditions

Our assessment terms and conditions including our privacy policy

 

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