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Using a restraining order as a protective risk management strategy to prevent intimate partner violence
Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden. (Center for Criminological and Psychosocial Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8285-0935
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. Vol. 13, no 3, 254-266 p.
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restraining order, intimate partner violence, B-SAFER, risk assessment, risk management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53972DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2011.607649ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862200202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53972DiVA: diva2:1056313
Available from: 2016-12-14 Created: 2016-12-14 Last updated: 2016-12-20Bibliographically approved

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