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Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA)

The ODARA is an actuarial instrument for evaluating risk of intimate partner violence (IPV). It is used to identify men at risk of violent recidivism; that is, a new offense of assault among men who have already committed an act of IPV. The ODARA is scored based on events at or prior to the most recent occurrence of IPV (the index assault). This entry describes how the ODARA was developed and validated, its use within a two-level assessment approach, and its application to other research questions.

Development and Validation

The ODARA was the first IPV risk assessment to be empirically developed. That is, component items were selected through statistical analysis in a follow-up study of offenders. The construction research included 589 men with a police report of ...

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