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Assessing Risk in a community collaborative system refers to the judicial methods, practice and procedures of assessing risk in a domestic violence case. This topic intersects with a broad range of topics including bail, sentencing, lethality, firearms and other topics.


Bail and Conditions of Release

Bail and conditions of release refers to pre-trial risk assessment, and includes information on interim protection orders, bail conditions, and victim safety during the beginning stages of court involvement in a domestic violence case.



Sentencing refers to information on sentencing in a Community Collaborative System, and intersects with Information Sharing, Batterer Intervention Programs and risk.


High Risk Teams

High Risk Teams, refer to special processes and protocols within a community collaborative system which help the court manage domestic violence cases with high risks of lethality.


The goal of the Domestic Violence Risk Factor Guide for Civil Courts Project, an initiative of the Center for Court Innovation, is to increase the capacity of civil judges and self-represented litigants to identify and respond to domestic violence risk factors in civil protective order hearings.

 Manual Risk Guide


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