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DV-ACT Assessments

The DV-ACT team have worked together for many years to provide excellent quality expert assessments and are committed to safeguarding children from domestic abuse. 

 

We can provide a number of expert assessments as detailed below. Assessments can be produced at any stage including cases that are in the family courts. The following information gives further details of what each assessment includes; however our assessors are highly experienced and can answer further questions if requested.

 

Risk assessment of perpetrators – assesses the risk towards the victim and children by the domestic violence perpetrator. This includes an interview with both the perpetrator and victim wherever possible. 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.

Vulnerability assessment of victims/survivors – Alongside identifying vulnerability to future abuse, the impact of the abuse on the victim’s parenting will also be assessed, including:

 

  • 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 into of domestic abuse;

  • range of factors that may have contributed to domestic violence risks;

  • recommendations for risk management strategies and treatment options.

The timescale for completion of a vulnerability or risk assessment of one parent is 4-6 weeks (please contact us for assessor availability).

Joint risk and vulnerability assessment – An assessment of both parents (please note that all clients are seen separately), including all the elements of risk and vulnerability assessments outlined above but also:

 

  • gives a clear picture of the dynamics of the relationship; 

  • the likelihood of separation/reconciliation and the particular safeguarding issues raised by the parental relationship;

  • where both parents allege abuse by the other, we interview both parties to determine the primary perpetrator.

 

A joint assessment can be completed regardless of whether the parents have separated or not.

 

The timescale for completion of a joint vulnerability and risk assessment of both parent is 6-8 weeks.

Third Party Carer Assessment – Examines whether any potential carer has an adequate understanding of domestic violence and their ability to protect the children in their care. Including:

 

  • the impact of domestic violence on the child/children;

  • the ongoing risks;

  • ability to protect the children under specific circumstances (for people being considered as alternative carers).

 

Family Assessment – Considers other domestic abusers in the home, for example older adolescents or other adults. This assessment will include interviews with all parties with the assessment report providing the following:

 

  • static and dynamic risk and vulnerability indicators;

  • identifies risks and the principal source of danger;

  • recommendation of risk management strategies and treatment options.

 

Timescales and costs can be provided upon request as it is dependent upon the number of family members that are involved and the availability of specialist assessors.

Sex Offender Assessments – these are undertaken by our specialists in sexual offending and will identify risk management plans where offenders have close contact with a family. The following will be included: 

  • static and dynamic risk indicators;

  • the risk of sexual offending, grooming and exploitation from the perpetrator;

  • recommendation of risk management strategies and treatment options.

Timescales and costs can be provided upon request as it is dependent upon the number of family members that are involved and the availability of specialist assessors.

Preliminary Report – Provides an outline of static risk factors and an indication of dynamic factors giving an early view on treatment suitability and prognosis for change, where there is an urgent need for an overview of risks prior to a full report being completed.

Interim and Final Programme Reports – where a client that has completed an assessment with us and attends a behavioural change programme as part of the risk management strategy, DV-ACT can provide reports at the midway and final stages of the programme.

For a breakdown of hours for each assessment please click here.

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