Violence Risk Assessment Practices in Israel: A Preliminary Survey Investigation

Jay P. Singh, Rabeea Assy, Katrina I. Serpa

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the violence risk assessment practices in Israel by social workers, clinical criminologists, and marriage and family therapists using a Web-based survey. Design/methodology/approach: A Web-based survey and participation letter were translated into Hebrew and distributed to members of the Israel Association of Social Workers, the Israel Society of Clinical Criminology and the Israel Association for Marital and Family Therapy following the Dillman Total Design Survey Method. Findings: The sample was composed of 34 professionals, who reported using structured instruments to predict and manage the likelihood of violence in over half of their risk assessments over both their lifetime and the past 12 months. Younger female respondents who entered their profession more recently were more likely to use instruments during the risk assessment process. There appeared to be a trend toward decreased use of actuarial instruments and increased use in structured professional judgment instruments. Originality/value: The first national survey of violence risk assessment practices by behavioral healthcare professionals in Israel was conducted. This study revealed the risk assessment utility trends in Israel, finding that compared to professionals in North America, South America, Europe, East Asia and Australia, professionals in Israel conducted fewer risk assessments and used structured instruments less often, highlighting concern about the lack of reliance on evidence-based techniques in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received 5 May 2018 Revised 13 August 2018 Accepted 14 August 2018 JPS was funded by the US Fulbright Commission. This sponsor had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript. The views expressed in this paper do not represent those of the sponsor.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited.


  • Healthcare
  • Israel
  • Mental health
  • Risk assessment
  • Survey
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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