Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessments: Gender and Sexuality – Webinar

In recent years, there has been a call for gender responsive policies, procedures, and services for assessing and managing risk for violence among women. In general, women are less likely to commit violence than men, and may commit violence for different reasons than men. These observations, coupled with the so called distinction between gender-neutral and gender-responsive risk factors, inspired the development of gender-responsive assessment tools. Questions also have arisen regarding the generalizability of risk assessment procedures for use with non-heterosexual individuals. This webinar will provide an overview of the research underlying gender-responsive risk factors, such as trauma history, and discuss ways in which the nature, manifestation, and relevance of key risk and protective factors may differ between genders. Illustrations regarding how to incorporate assessment and management issues relevant to violence risk as a function of gender and sexuality will be discussed, with a focus on risk formulation and scenario planning.