A risk assessment aims to assess the risk towards the victim and children by the domestic abuse perpetrator. 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 4 weeks*. A risk assessment is suitable even when the perpetrator is unsuitable for treatment and will include a risk management plan for every member of the family. The assessment will include an interview with both the perpetrator and victim wherever possible.
The assessment is designed to provide clarity in areas of risk and are always completed by expert witnesses who can attend court if necessary and answer further questions provided in a letter of instruction.
As a minimum, the report will include:
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.
Where there is an urgent need for an overview of risks prior to a full report being completed, a preliminary report can be provided that will give an outline of static risk factors and an indication of dynamic factors giving an early view on treatment suitability and prognosis for change.
Joint risk and vulnerability assessments of both parents 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.