Recidivism: What Domestic Violence Offenders
Are Most Likely To Abuse Again?
An important piece of information for victims and agencies alike is the question of how to predict if a domestic violence offender is likely to continue or escalate their abuse with their victim. Thanks to extensive research in this area, we can look at a number of risk factors that help to predict future acts of coercion or violence.
In 2009, The National Institute of Justice published "Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges" citing 228 research articles. Their results on this topic show the following list to be the top predictors of reabuse:
In addition to contributing to the likelihood of reabuse, these factors can be used to assess risk of possible homicide within relationships where abuse is present (lethality risk markers):
Those who re-assaulted within the first three months of arrest were more likely to repeatedly reassualt their partners than those who committed the first reassault after the first three months.