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Risk assessment is essential in safeguarding the safety of women and children fleeing domestic violence: it helps determine risk of re-assault (or femicide as in the case of the DA) and supports collaborative risk management including victim safety planning, referrals and advocacy, as well as police monitoring, court resolutions and conditions, bail decisions, correctional decisions, and offender treatment. Several risk assessment tools are broadly used across Canada and in Alberta, including ODARA (Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment), SARA (Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide), B-Safer and the DA (Danger Assessment Questionnaire and Calendar). In Alberta, the Family Violence Investigative Report (FVIR) is a standardized reporting tool used by police, which may identified specific areas of risk for the victim. Safety considerations are an important follow-up to the FVIR.
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