Violence Risk Assessment

Violence Risk Assessment

The Violence Risk Assessment involves a psychological evaluation to assess the individual’s potential risk for violent behavior in the future as well as his or her overall psychological functioning.

It is noted that consistently accurate predictions of future violence cannot be made by mental health professionals; whether a person will behave aggressively is a function of a variety of factors that include history, personal disposition, and situational variables (e.g., provocation) that cannot all be known in advance. However, it is possible to consider the available historical data, mental status features, and the anticipated placement/situational factors to estimate relative risk.

This type of assessment is usually requested by an attorney, the court, employer, or school, and it involves multiple components which include the following:

  • Forensic interview with the individual.
  • Forensic interview with collateral sources.
  • Psychological testing.
  • Review of physical and mental health records.
  • Review of legal records.