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Community Informed Risk Assessment: Intimate Partner Violence, Including Sexual Assault Webinar
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
9:00 AM PT/10:00 AM MT/11:00 AM CT/12:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

This webinar will address the origins, development, and science of the Arizona intimate Partner Risk Assessment Instrument System (APRAIS) as an example of community informed risk assessment. Presenters will explore the deployment of the tool and its accompanying protocols in the fields of law enforcement, victim advocacy, and the courts. Of paramount importance are respect for the autonomy, dignity, informed consent, and liberty rights of victims, the due process rights of suspects, and the need to be candid and transparent about the limited predictive capabilities of all risk assessment tools that screen for future threats of intimate partner violence (IPV). 

This includes an assessment of sexual assault committed within the context of IPV, often referred to as intimate partner sexual assault (IPSA).  While the obstacles victims face in reporting IPV are significant, there are additional risks of disclosing IPSA.  This disclosure can be particularly humiliating to the victim, as well as the abuser, and it can be confusing to victims when consensual sex is mixed with the threat of sexual violence.  When law enforcement identifies IPSA as a risk factor for possible future re-assault or severe re-assault, it may help victims make the decision to access services and begin the road to recovery from the abuse


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Develop a coordinated community response to IPV risk assessment, including an assessment for IPSA, and incorporate in the justice system response.  
  • Explore how a risk assessment tool like APRAIS can help law enforcement to work with victims of IPV / IPSA, increasing both victim cooperation and access. 
  • Design and implement training on IPV / IPSA risk assessment, including uses, risks, and benefits.  
  • Explain how the use of a validated risk assessment can increase victim access to services, improve decision-making throughout the system, and enhances safety for victims of IPV / IPSA.



Neil Websdale PictureNeil Websdale, PhD
Director, Family Violence Institute Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

Professor Neil Websdale is Director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University and Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI).

Dr. Websdale has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. His five books include: Rural Woman Battering and the Justice System: An Ethnography (Sage, 1998), which won the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book Award in 1999; Understanding Domestic Homicide (Northeastern University Press, 1999); Making Trouble: Cultural Constructions of Crime, Deviance, and Control (Aldine Books, co-edited with Jeff Ferrell, 1999); Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing (Northeastern University Press, 2001), winner of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book Award in 2002 and the Gustavus-Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Award in 2002. His latest book, Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

Dr. Websdale's social policy work involves helping to establish networks of domestic violence fatality review teams across the United States and elsewhere. His extensive fatality review work has contributed to NDVFRI receiving the prestigious 2015 Mary Byron Foundation Celebrating Solutions Award. He has also worked on issues related to community policing, full faith and credit, and risk assessment and management in domestic violence cases. Dr. Websdale trained as a sociologist at the University of London, England and currently lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Greg Giangobbe PictureGreg Giangobbe
Law Enforcement Training Coordinator, Family Violence Institute, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Mr. Giangobbe serves as the law enforcement training coordinator at the NAU Family Violence Institute. He has over 29 years of public safety experience, including service at the Phoenix Police Department completing assignments in patrol, neighborhood policing, and community action. He also served at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA), as the Senior Lead Recruit Training Officer and Lead Defensive Tactics / Use of Force Instructor, providing both basic and advance training to police officers from across the State of Arizona. After leaving the Phoenix Police Department, Mr. Giangobbe served as the Chief of College Security for a community college directing daily operations for three campuses within a 120-mile radius. He holds numerous training instructor certifications from several national organizations and the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZ POST). Mr. Giangobbe has a BA in political science and a Master's degree in Business and Organizational Security Management.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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