Are Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessments Racially Biased?
Organization(s): Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
Mar 28, 2019
2:00pm – 3:30pm (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Time Zone: Central
This webinar will explore the question of whether Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) risk assessments (RAs) are racially biased. The presenter will situate IPV RAs within the broader movement to assess risk, links to bail reform and changes in pretrial detention, and research examining claims of racial bias in RAs. She will then review some of the case law regarding acceptable use of RAs at various points in the legal process. The presentation will next turn to the development of IPV RAs in the field of violence against women. The presenter will discuss how these tools work and some of the pros and cons of using them. The discussion will address whether IPV RAs might be racially biased against the accused, the alleged victim, or both parties. Importantly, the extant research does not answer the extraordinarily complex question of whether IPV RAs are racially biased. Therefore, there is a need to consider the implications of using IPV RAs in the broader movement to confront IPV, particularly noting their limitations and tendency to mask bigger questions.