School of Psychology Seminar Series - Risk Assessment for Family Violence Aggressors in Aotearoa New Zealand

Date Thursday 15 December 2022
Time 12pm - 1pm
Where Hamilton Campus: S.1.03 or via zoom:
Presenter Apriel Jolliffe Simpson
Contact Nicola Starkey
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Apriel Jolliffe Simpson is a Teaching Fellow at Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science.

In recent decades Family Violence (FV) researchers have developed risk assessment instruments to enable practitioners to identify the people who are most likely to commit FV in the future, and the families who are most likely to experience ongoing harm. Indeed, risk assessments have become a standard procedure for FV practitioners who are frequently required to make decisions with potential ramifications for families’ safety and wellbeing. Yet, despite considerable developments in risk assessment research and practice, risk assessment instruments have limitations that curb their value to FV practice. In addition, such instruments should be empirically validated, but there is limited evidence for the validity of risk assessment instruments used by agencies that respond to FV in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this talk, Apriel Jolliffe Simpson outlines results from her PhD research examining the risk assessment procedures that New Zealand Police and the Integrated Safety Response used for FV. Taken together, the results indicated that the risk assessment instruments used in New Zealand can predict risk for FV recurrence better than chance, but that those assessments should be further developed to improve their value to FV practice and ensure they adequately capture risk for different types of cases and groups of people. This research advanced our understanding of the limitations of—and opportunities in—risk assessment research and contributed to the evidence base for risk assessment for FV in New Zealand.