Validation of Spouse Violence Risk Assessment Inventory for Police Purposes

Kobi Dayan, Shaul Fox, Michal Morag

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The Spouse Violence Risk Assessment Inventory (SVRA-I) is a new scale developed by the Israeli police to measure the likelihood of male perpetrators repeating violent behavior toward their partners. This article describes the objectives of the inventory, its distinction in comparison to existing inventories, and the process of its development. Our preliminary study demonstrated a reasonable level of inter-rater reliability. Two subsequent studies examined the relationships between clinical assessments and SVRA-I scores, and additional two studies tested the validity of the inventory against criteria of repeated partner abuse. The inventory was found to be a valid and efficient tool for predicting recidivism of intimate partner violence (IPV). In the discussion, we review the limitations of devices aimed at predicting repeated IPV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-821
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Intimate partner violence
  • Inventory development
  • Validation
  • Violence risk assessment


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