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Domestic Violence Risk Assessment: Tools for Effective Prediction and Management, Second Edition
N. Zoe Hilton
American Psychological Association / Softcover / Jan 2021
9781433832918 (ISBN-10: 1433832917)
Domestic Violence
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349 pages
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The second edition of this authoritative text helps professionals charged with curbing domestic violence to assess and manage offenders and their risk of recidivism.

With thoroughly updated guidelines and scoring manuals based on user experiences and international research, this book presents a comprehensive risk assessment system comprised of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) and the Domestic Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (DVRAG). It demonstrates how to score, interpret, and communicate the results of these evaluations, and how to incorporate their results into broader discussions of public policy.

The detailed guidelines in this manual are accessible to a wide interdisciplinary audience, including psychologists, victim service and child protection workers, lawyers, police, and threat analysts.

Also new to this edition are coverage of female offenders, alongside male offenders, and further guidance for assisting victims of domestic violence, making this a crucial resource for ensuring victim safety, treating offenders, and informing criminal justice procedures through empirically informed research and practice.


Zoe Hilton's book, Domestic Violence Risk Assessment: Tools for Effective Prediction and Management, Second Edition, is an important contribution to the existing literature on domestic violence assessment, adjudication, and intervention. A leader in the field, Hilton provides a comprehensive exploration of risk assessment based on the RNR model, with a focus on two of the most celebrated instruments currently in use, the ODARA and DVRAG. The book is meticulously researched, and its clear but exhaustive sections on administration, scoring, and interpretation will be of enormous practical use for batterer intervention providers, probation officers, victim advocates, mental health professionals, and others interested in holding perpetrators accountable and keeping victims safe.
— John Hamel, PhD, LCSW, clinical and forensic social worker in private practice, San Francisco, CA, August 2020

Domestic Violence Risk Assessment: Tools for Effective Prediction and Management, Second Edition is an empirically rigorous report from one of the premiere domestic violence prevention programs in the world. Hilton elucidates in clear, jargon-free prose the implications for practice and policy of cutting-edge research. This book is an extraordinary accomplishment and one sure to have an immense and long-lasting impact on the field.
— John Monahan, PhD, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, August 2020

Zoe Hilton has demonstrated her tremendous depth of research knowledge and practice in the field in authoring Domestic Violence Risk Assessment, Second Edition. The book captures over two decades of work in developing one of the most widely used risk assessment tools in a very digestible writing style that will engage a wide audience from academics and graduate students to frontline professionals in justice, health, and social services. Hilton’s creative integration of researchers’ profiles into each chapter adds a human dimension to the challenges of risk assessment research and practice.
— Peter Jaffe, PhD, Professor & Academic Director, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, Western University, London, ON, Canada, August 2020

About the Author:

N. Zoe Hilton, PhD, is associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Senior Research Scientist at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is also a registered psychologist and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. She has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, primarily on violence risk assessment, risk communication, and other areas of forensic psychology. She received the 2010 Significant Contribution Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Criminal Justice Section for outstanding contributions to domestic violence risk assessment. Zoe Hilton lives and works in Ontario, Canada.

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