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Intimate Partner Violence: Comparison of RiskFactors for Anti-social and Family-Only Perpetrators
Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, 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
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Male perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) are a heterogeneous group. Thus, they demonstrate different risk factors for violence and require different risk management interventions. Subtyping IPV perpetrators could facilitate the task of matching perpetrators with adequate interventions, aiming for IPV prevention. The present study compared differences between antisocial and family-only perpetrators, regarding risk factors for IPV, assessed risk and the importance of specific risk factors for such violence.In this retrospective file study, data was obtained from the Swedish police. Risk assessments performed with the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER; Kropp, Hart, & Belfrage, 2008), and police registers were used. A sample of 657 male alleged perpetrators of IPV were classified as eitherantisocial (n= 341) orfamily-only (n= 316) perpetrators, based on their generality of violence as assessed within the B-SAFER. The results demonstrated that antisocial perpetrators had significantly more risk factors for IPV present in the B-SAFER, and were assessed with significantly higher risk for acute and severe or deadly IPV, compared to the family-only perpetrators. The subtypes also evidenced unique (i.e., ‘red flag’) risk factors that had significant impact on elevated risk ratings for acute and severe or deadly IPV. Key findings, concerning the importance of the unique risk factors for IPV for each subtype, will be discussed. In a risk assessment and management context, these ‘red flag’ risk factors are important to consider when determining overall risk and recommending management strategies.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54149DiVA: diva2:1058219
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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