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Psychol Assess. 2004 Sep;16(3):267-75.

A brief actuarial assessment for the prediction of wife assault recidivism: the Ontario domestic assault risk assessment.

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Research Department, Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene, ON, Canada.

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  • Psychol Assess. 2005 Jun;17(2):131.


An actuarial assessment to predict male-to-female marital violence was constructed from a pool of potential predictors in a sample of 589 offenders identified in police records and followed up for an average of almost 5 years. Archival information in several domains (offender characteristics, domestic violence history, nondomestic criminal history, relationship characteristics, victim characteristics, index offense) and recidivism were subjected to setwise and stepwise logistic regression. The resulting 13-item scale, the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA), showed a large effect size in predicting new assaults against legal or common-law wives or ex-wives (Cohen's d = 1.1, relative operating characteristic area =.77) and was associated with number and severity of new assaults and time until recidivism. Cross-validation and comparisons with other instruments are also reported.

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