Domestic Violence Courts: Offender Assessments

Roughly half of U.S. domestic violence courts request offender assessments. These assessments usually are conducted by staff in the prosecutor's office, the probation office or batterer programs inside or outside the criminal justice system. Offenders are examined for: [1]

  • Drug and alcohol dependence.
  • Mental health issues.
  • History of victimization.
  • Background characteristics.
  • Risk of repeat violence.
  • Needs for social services.


[note 1] Labriola, M., S. Bradley, C.S., O‚ÄôSullivan, M. Rempel, S. Moore, A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts (pdf, 161 pages), Final report to the National Institute of Justice, grant number 2006-WG-BX-0001, NCJ 229659.

Date Created: June 30, 2011