Dashing Hopes? The Predictive Accuracy of Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment by Police?

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The Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence (DASH) form is
a standardised risk assessment implemented across all UK police forces. It is intended to facilitate an officers structured professional judgment about the risk a victim faces of serious harm at the hand of their abuser. Until now, it has been an open question whether this tool works in practice. Here we present the largest scale European study, making the case that the risk assessment tool is underperforming. Each element of the DASH questionnaire is, at best, weakly predictive of revictimisation. Officer risk predictions based on DASH are little better than random and a logistic regression model that predicts the same outcome using DASH only provides modest improvement in performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1034
JournalThe British Journal of Criminology
Issue number5
Early online date13 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2019


  • domestic abuse
  • risk assessment
  • police
  • predictive policing
  • machine learning

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


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