Violence Risk Scale–Sexual Offender Version (VRS-SO)

The VRS-SO is a sexual offense risk assessment and treatment planning tool. The VRS-SO is made up of seven static (i.e., historical, generally unchanging) and 17 dynamic (i.e., potentially changeable) items linked to increased risk of sexual violence. It is designed to (a) assess risk of sexual violence, (b) identify targets for sex offender treatment intervention, (c) assess readiness for change, and (d) evaluate changes in risk from treatment or other change agents.

Assessing Sexual Violence Risk

In terms of risk assessment, each item is rated on a 4-point scale (0, 1, 2, and 3) with higher item ratings indicating increased risk of sexual violence. The items can then be summed to generate static (range 0–21), dynamic (range 0–51), and total (static + dynamic, range 0–72) scores. ...

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