Following a domestic violence homicide, communities often ask themselves what they could have done to prevent the tragedy and how they might better respond to high risk cases of domestic violence in the future. Some hopeful news is that victim-centered and evidence-based approaches to homicide prevention are being developed in some areas of the country and in the state of Wisconsin.
This issue of the Chronicles explores the difference between assessing risk and lethality, views some risk and lethality assessment tools, and highlights national and local DV homicide prevention initiatives. It considers questions to ask before administering an assessment tool, and lists relevant resources. Whether or not engaging in risk or lethality assessments is right for your community at this time, we hope you’ll find this issue useful and thought-provoking.