This study proposes to validate a tool for actuarial risk assessment for wife assault, in particular, exploring its usefulness to centres working with victims of domestic assault. The ODARA was developed empirically and has been shown to predict, with a large effect size, repeated domestic assaults by men who have come into contact with the police for such assaults in the past. We expect that by participating in the ODARA study, the treatment centre can help foster cross-communication between law enforcement and client services. For more information please contact Dr. Hilton.

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Last update: 19 July 2013