Domestic Violence: Five Key Questions Can Predict Revictimization: Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research | The Examiner

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Answering just five questions would significantly improve police’s ability to identify victims of domestic violence who are at high risk of repeat victimization, according to a new study. Based on its project, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) advocates that its proposed risk assessment tool could help reduce domestic violence by connecting more high-risk victims with appropriate services. The rate of domestic assaults per 100,000 people in the Dubbo Regional Council area of ​​western New South Wales was almost three times the statewide rate in the year to date. in September, according to BOCSAR data. In some local government areas in western New South Wales, the situation was worse – and had barely budged in the past two years. BOCSAR has taken a fresh look at the risk assessment of the breach. Previous research has shown that the New South Wales Police 30-question Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) is a poor predictor of repeated intimate partner violence; doing little better than chance, the BOCSAR competitions. The BOCSAR study identified a small set of variables that could be used to more accurately predict future intimate partner violence. The top five performing indicators were: BOCSAR reiterated that domestic violence was “a major health, well-being and criminal justice issue”. In 2018, NSW Police recorded nearly 80,000 incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) in various forms, BOCSAR reports. Of victims who come to the attention of police, more than a quarter experience a new incident of domestic violence within 12 months, the report says. “An accurate risk assessment by police is essential to prioritizing domestic violence services for victims who need them most,” said BOCSAR Executive Director Jackie Fitzgerald. “Our study offers a brief risk assessment instrument that is both easy to implement and significantly more powerful than the current tool. “The adoption of such a tool could help reduce domestic violence by connecting more high-risk victims with appropriate services.” There were 603 incidents of domestic assault recorded in the Dubbo Regional Council area in the year to September, according to BOCSAR data. At a rate of 1122.5 per 100,000 population, it was almost three times the state rate of 400.9.

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