Title: Spousal Assaulters in Outpatient Mental Health Care: The Relevance of Structured Risk Assessment
Authors: Serie, Colinda
van Tilburg, Carola A
van Dam, Arno
de Ruiter, Corine # ×
Issue Date: Jun-2015
Series Title: Journal of Interpersonal Violence vol:Ahead of print
Article number: 0886260515589932
Abstract: This study examined whether a typology of perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) could be replicated in a Dutch sample (N = 154) of self-referred IPV perpetrators using a structured risk assessment tool for relational violence (Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk [B-SAFER]). Our findings support the previous IPV perpetrator subtypes: low-level antisocial (LLA), family only (FO), psychopathology (PP), and generally violent/antisocial (GVA). The subtypes differed on the descriptive dimensions general criminality, substance use, and mental health problems. The prevalence rates for each subtype were roughly comparable with those in previous studies. Contrary to expectation, the prevalence of the GVA subtype was relatively high in our self-referred sample compared with court-referred samples. Our findings suggest that structured risk assessment should be an integral part of the intake procedure for IPV perpetrators entering treatment, to assess their level of risk and to arrive at a tailored risk management strategy, regardless of setting or referral source.
ISSN: 0886-2605
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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