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The Benefits & Challenges of Domestic Violence Risk Assessment


Nearly three women in the US are killed every day by a current or former intimate partner. Domestic violence homicides are an epidemic across the US states, tribal lands, and territories. But, is prevention of domestic homicides possible? How can mainstream practitioners engage marginalized communities? How do we ensure perpetrators are held accountable, law enforcement is engaged, and the community is invested? This presentation will look at how risk assessment tools can help predict incidents of domestic homicide and how they are used as models for homicide prevention.

The discussion will include:

  • A discussion of risk assessment tools.

  • A discussion of risk factors that potentially lead to lethality.

  • A critique of traditional community-based homicide prevention work.

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define risk assessment and understand benefits and challenges

  • Identify four common homicide prevention models

  • Look at risk assessment through the lenses of marginalized communities

  • Understand the Maryland Model and how it functions in communities across the country


Free for members / $25 for non-members


Alicia Bickoff supervises the implementation of the LAP throughout Maryland, including law enforcement agencies, domestic violence service programs, hospitals, state departments and the LAP - Court-Initiative, as well as the MNADV’s technical assistance of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams (DVFRTs). Alicia previously practiced family law in the Baltimore-metropolitan area for a private firm, and represented domestic violence victims in civil protection order matters for the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. While in law school, she worked for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecuting child abuse crimes and clerking in the domestic violence unit.  Alicia graduated from Barnard College with honors with a degree in Religion and Human Rights. She also holds a law degree from the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Maryland.  She proudly was born and raised in the Baltimore area.

Jamerson CS Watson is the National Project Director for the National LAP Technical Assistance Initiative and Phase II of the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative. Jamerson is tasked with management and oversight of the national LAP projects, including supervising project staff and project consultants and overseeing LAP training and implementation. Before coming to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), Jamerson managed an anti-trafficking program in Alameda County, CA. Over the past 20 years, he’s worked with several rape crisis centers, managed batterer intervention work, and provided training, technical assistance, and outreach for several organizations across the country. Jamerson currently resides in Washington, D.C.