Colorado Implements New DV Assessment Tool

The Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board has recently instituted a new assessment system known as the Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Assessment (DVRNA). The assessment tool addresses a common criticism that traditional DV treatment programs use a “one-size-fits-all” approach that does not distinguish between the nature, severity, or mutuality of the abuse.

The Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Assessment tool evaluates the following domains:

  1. Prior DV incidents
  2. Drug or alcohol abuse
  3. Mental health issues
  4. Suicide/homicide risk
  5. Use or threatened use of weapons
  6. Criminal history – non-domestic violence
  7. Obsession with the victim
  8. Safety concerns
  9. Violence toward other family members

10.  Attitudes that support or condone DV

11.  Prior participation in DV treatment

12.  Separation within prior 6 months

13.  Employment status

14.  Absence of prosocial support system

The Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Assessment tool can be seen here: http://dcj.state.co.us/odvsom/Domestic_Violence/DV_Pdfs/STANDARDS%20CURRENT%20March%201,%202011.pdf