First Advisor

Kris Henning

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminology and Criminal Justice




Intimate partner violence -- Risk assessment, Recidivism -- Risk factors



Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 97 pages)


Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects millions of people in the United States, causing negative generational consequences to the victim and the community. The criminal justice system has increased its preventative strategies to combat this issue through mandatory arrest laws and the use of risk assessment tools for determining the likelihood of offender recidivism. Risk factors included in standardized and actuarial risk assessment tools have been found to be relatively good predictors for violent recidivism.

This study assesses the predictive accuracy of risk factors through bivariate correlations and multiple logistic regression analysis. The risk factors analyzed include demographic information, mental health characteristics, criminal history, suspect-victim relationship characteristics, suspect-victim IPV history, current incident characteristics, and victim-rated risk from the victim interview. A primary question addressed is the additive value of incorporating victim-rated risk for predicting any DV recidivism and violent DV recidivism. The results from this study add to the existing research on Domestic Violence and the predictive strength of the information collected by officers during an incident of IPV.


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