What is it about?

We studied the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA), a tool already used to identify men's risk of domestic violence. Men with higher ODARA scores had more treatment needs, which shows that the ODARA can be a useful tool for selecting individuals for priority treatment.

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Why is it important?

Domestic violence treatment programs are widespread in the United States but do not have large effects on reducing domestic violence. It's important for domestic violence treatment programs to treat problems that are related to risk of domestic violence, and to offer treatment to the "riskiest" people first. This study shows that the ODARA is a useful tool for identifying men who are most likely to reoffend and who have the most criminogenic treatment needs.


We explored an existing dataset with new research questions to benefit current domestic violence interventions. Our findings add to the growing evidence that targeting criminogenic needs may improve domestic violence treatment.

Dr N Zoe Hilton
University of Toronto

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This page is a summary of: Criminogenic needs and intimate partner violence: Association with recidivism and implications for treatment., Psychological Services, November 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ser0000450.
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