Holistic Safety Planning Using an Alternative Risk Assessment Framework

Sorry for the late notice, but this is an intriguing one: BWJP is hosting a webinar next week, Holistic Safety Planning Using an Alternate Risk Assessment Framework. It will be held May 13th from 2-3:30pm ET. Dr. Sherry Hamby is the featured speaker and will be presenting her research as a part of the session. Certainly discussions of a new safety planning tool for IPV patients is relevant for many of us working in the field, so if you can attend, it should be pretty interesting.

From the site:

Description: Safety planning for domestic violence has changed little in decades and still relies heavily on one-size-fits-all checklists. This workshop describes an alternative risk assessment framework, Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), which is common in environmental science and other fields where they also deal with complex problems.  This workshop will teach the use of the VIGOR, an MCDM-based, holistic, family-centered approach to safety planning with victims of domestic violence.  Data from two studies using the VIGOR will be presented and copies of the tool will be provided to all participants.


  • Participants will understand the full range of risks that commonly confront many victims of domestic violence, including not only physical danger but also homelessness, loss of custody of children, and other risks.
  • Participants will be able to identify strengths and limitations of current safety planning approaches.
  • Participants will learn the main strengths and resources available to victims of domestic violence in two samples from the southern United States.
  • Participants will understand how to use the VIGOR, a new safety planning tool that is based on the principles of Multiple Criteria Decision Making.