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Abstract: Domestic sexual violence/ Häusliche sexuelle Gewalt

Violence against women committed by their intimate partners is a major public health and human rights issue worldwide, and risk assessment instruments like the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) and the Domestic Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (DVRAG) can allocate offenders to risk categories thus helping to effectively manage the risk of these men. In this workshop, we will describe the first independent cross-validation of the ODARA and the DVRAG outside of Canada and the USA, using a sample of incarcerated men who sexually offended against their actual or former intimate partner. We will then teach attendees how to score the ODARA in English and German. Participants will practice scoring the ODARA on an English-language case video. The procedure for scoring the DVRAG will also be described.

 

Häusliche Gewalt ist weltweit unter dem Aspekt adäquater Versorgungsstrukturen von Opfern sowie vor allem im Hinblick auf die Durchsetzung universaler Menschenrechte ein Thema von hoher Relevanz. Risikoprognoseinstrumente wie der Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) und der Domestic Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (DVRAG) sind in der Lage, Täter Risikokategorien zuzuordnen und können so dazu beitragen, das Rückfallrisiko dieser Täter effektiv zu senken. Im Workshop wird zunächst die erste unabhängige Kreuzvalidierung des ODARA und DVRAG außerhalb Kanadas und der USA vorgestellt, die anhand einer Stichprobe von inhaftierten Tätern aus Österreich, die gegen die aktuelle oder frühere Lebensgefährtin eine sexuell motivierte Straftat begingen, durchgeführt wurde. Anschließend werden wir die Anwendung des ODARA in Englisch und Deutsch vorstellen. Die TeilnehmerInnen werden die Anwendung des ODARA anhand eines englischsprachigen Videofalles üben. Das Prozedere für die Bewertung des DVRAG wird ebenfalls vorgestellt.

 

Dr. N. Zoe Hilton is Senior Research Scientist at The Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (formerly the Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene) and adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hilton holds an M.Phil. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her research publications primarily concern domestic violence, risk assessment, and risk communication. She was the lead on the research team that developed the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA). Her applied research and collaborative work with policing services and community agencies have led to several awards, including the 2003 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Teamwork Endeavours Award, the 2005 Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Excelsior Award for Excellence in Teamwork, and the 2010 Canadian Psychological Association Criminal Justice Significant Contribution Award.

 

Martin Rettenberger studied Psychology at the Regensburg University and the Free University of Berlin. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked at the Federal Evaluation Centre for Violent and Sexual Offenders (FECVSO) in the Austrian Prison System and at the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention in Vienna, Austria. His responsibilities included writing risk assessment reports for sexual and violent offenders for the Austrian prison system and for correctional service courts as well as different research projects in the field of forensic psychology and psychiatry. Together with Reinhard Eher, head of the FECVSO, he translated and investigated commonly used risk assessment instruments such as the Static-99, the Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG), the Ontario Assault Domestic Risk Assessment (ODARA), or the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA), and developed an actuarial risk assessment instrument for imprisoned violent offenders (Screeninginstrument zur Vorhersage des Gewaltrisikos [SVG] – Screeningtool for the Prediction of Violence Risk). In 2009 he finished his doctorate in human biology at the Institute of Forensic Psychotherapy at the Ulm University, Germany, about the opportunities and limitations of standardized risk assessment instruments in different sexual offender subgroups. Since August 2010 he has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Furthermore, he is working as a risk assessor for the prison system and for criminal courts and is studying Criminology at the Hamburg University.