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Assessing Risk With Perpetrators  

Author:  Alyce LaViolette.

Source: Volume 09, Number 01, Summer 2016 , pp.65-67(3)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Alyce LaViolette started one of the first programs to work with perpetrators of domestic violence in 1979, at Women’s Shelter in Long Beach, CA. In this article, LaViolette shares her experiences in the clinical assessment of batterers in group therapy. LaViolette argues that policies that discourage attempts to change batterer behavior through approaches such as group programs may actually subject victims to greater danger; in her experience, clinical assessments in a group setting often reveal risks that are not evident from pen-and-paper risk assessments.

Keywords: Clinical assessment

Affiliations:  1: State Department.

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