Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA)

The SARA is a structured clinical judgment screening tool used by clinicians, mental health providers, and other professionals to evaluate the risk of future violence in persons who are accused or convicted of spousal assault or intimate partner violence (IPV). The SARA was developed by the British Columbia Institute Against Family Violence, the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, and several other agencies as part of the Project for Protection of Victims of Spousal Assault. After a brief discussion of IPV in today’s society, this entry focuses on the uses, completion process, and reliability and validity of the SARA.


IPV is prevalent in today’s society. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet, every minute, 24 people ...

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