ACPO Risk Assessment Evaluation
Risk assessment has become an increasingly significant aspect of police work in relation to domestic violence. The London Metropolitan Police developed a risk assessment process, as the result of findings from a project on Domestic Violence Murder Reviews for London in 2003. This risk assessment has been implemented in a pilot programme across London and West Yorkshire.
This project aimed to independently evaluate the effect of this risk assessment model, by assessing whether the model;
- Complies with the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) guidelines on risk assessment;
- Addresses victims needs in terms of risk;
- Compliments safety planning;
- Can be managed with police force limitations;
- Can be applied irrespective of geography, community or policing variables.
- Documentary analysis of the ACPO risk assessment policy and the London Met Risk Assessment Model to assess the extent of harmony or contradiction between these policy documents;
- Structured interviews with police officers at different levels in the police force, who are implementing or managing police in relation to the Risk Assessment Model;
- Structured interviews with professionals in a selected number of agencies which support survivors;
- Semi-structured interviews with a selected group of survivors who have experienced the Risk Assessment Analysis of the database recording risk assessments.
- Data collection and analysis from a sample of police records of domestic violence cases
Grant Holder: University of Warwick
Sponsor: London Metropolitan Police