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Age and Violence Risk Assessment for Intimate Partner Violence: Is Age Really Just a Number?
Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. (Center for Criminological and Psychosocial Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8285-0935
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious consequences for victims and high recidivism rates. In an effort to reduce these issues much focus has been placed on the assessment and management of IPV. Within the IPV literature distinctions have been made around age. For instance, a debate has arisen regarding whether IPV against a senior victim is elder abuse or IPV grown old? As a result some studies include all violence against a victim over 60 as elder abuse while others argue that IPV grown old may result in different management than other IPV, but maintains the same dynamics and risk factors as IPV. This debate has important implications for how IPV against senior victims is assessed and managed. Data was collected in Sweden from IPV police files wherein officers used theBrief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk(B-SAFER; Kropp, Hart, & Belfrage, 2010). B-SAFER assessments, management plans, demographic information and recidivism data were collected. The sample included 723 cases, 688 (95%) cases with victims 59 or younger, and 35 cases with victims over 60 (5%). Data collection is ongoing. Comparisons will be made across offense type, B-SAFER risk factors, overall risk ratings, recommended management strategies and recidivism. Preliminary results reveal no statistical difference in overall risk ratings between groups, c2 (2,N=682) = .448,p= .799. Should results remain non-significant this will lend support to the argument that IPV against elderly victims should be assessed as IPV not elder abuse.

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2016.
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54148DiVA: diva2:1058213
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16th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS), New York USA, June 21-23, 2016
Available from: 2016-12-20 Created: 2016-12-20 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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