What is it about?

The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) is a tool for assessing individuals' risk of repeated intimate partner violence (IPV). The ODARA has been validated in several studies of individuals with a police record in Canada, Europe, and Australia. We tested the ODARA in a U.S. sample. The ODARA predicted repeated IPV, as well as general violence and other criminal behavior, with small to medium effect sizes. This was a relatively high-offending sample, and the ODARA recidivism rates significantly underestimated recidivism rates.

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Why is it important?

The ODARA is a widely used tool in Canada and the United States, but this is the first time the ODARA has been tested and validated with a sample of individuals in the U.S.


This international collaboration is a first for the ODARA. It's good to see that the ODARA was valid in this U.S. sample, while there is more work to be done in determining risk categories that mean the same thing across populations.

Dr N Zoe Hilton
University of Toronto

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This page is a summary of: The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment: Predicting Violence Among Men With a Police Record of Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, Criminal Justice and Behavior, July 2021, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/00938548211035816.
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