Risk assessment in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV): Theory to practice

Date, time, location

  • Tuesday 23 July 2024, 9:30am-3pm, Seminar Room, Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North

Organised by

Rob Veale Ltd.


$30-$95 GST Incl.

Research suggests that family violence homicides are the most predictable of all homicides. They don’t happen out of the blue and therefore present the greatest opportunity for prevention.

Professionals engaging with people affected by family violence should understand the dynamics, scope and practicalities associated with both risk assessment as part of the safety planning process. While it is critical to ensure the ‘voice and experiences’ of the victim is integrated into the safety planning process, practitioners must also apply their expertise to identify and understand escalating risks of serious harm and potentially death.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of risk assessment as part of the safety planning process

  • Consider some of the types of risk assessment tools used in the context of IPV

  • Understand and describe common risk markers associated with family violence and serious harm

  • Be aware of stalking as a high risk marker of serious harm in the context of IPV

  • Discuss implications for information-sharing practices 

  • Be able to apply their understanding of risk assessment to workshop scenarios (note: details of actual cases will be presented in this session).


Rob Veale has worked in the family violence sector for over 30 years. His work in this area was recognised in the New Year Honours list in 2006. He shares his experience as a police officer, a national and international advisor, a member of the Family Safety Team National Steering Committee and New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee.

Rob has developed and delivered training to many groups throughout New Zealand on a range of family violence-related topics including risk assessment, strangulation in the context of IPV, specific workplace and wider inter-agency responses to family violence.

Contact the organiser about workshops in other locations.

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