Using a restraining order as a protective risk management strategy to prevent intimate partner violence
2012 (English)In: Police Practice & Research, ISSN 1561-4263, E-ISSN 1477-271X, Vol. 13, no 3, 254-266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The police play an important role in implementing risk management strategies to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV). The focus of this study was to investigate the use of a restraining order (RO) as a risk management strategy and its crime preventive effect. Two hundred and fourteen male spousal assaulters assessed with the B-SAFER in a Swedish police county between 2005 and 2007 were followed up in 2009. Thirty-one per cent received a RO of which 44% relapsed into new IPV. There were no differences in recidivism between those who received a RO and those who did not. However, those assessed as low or medium risk for IPV were less likely to recidivate if they had a RO issued upon them than those assessed as high risk. These results indicate that the RO may be a useful crime preventive strategy for IPV in those specific cases, but not in general, and not for those assessed to present a high risk of future violence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. Vol. 13, no 3, 254-266 p.
restraining order, intimate partner violence, B-SAFER, risk assessment, risk management
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53972DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2011.607649ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862200202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53972DiVA: diva2:1056313