Structured Professional Judgment Guidelines for Sexual Violence Risk Assessment

The Sexual Violence Risk-20 (SVR-20) Versions 1 and 2 and Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)

Authored by: Stephen D. Hart , Douglas P. Boer

Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138698703
eBook ISBN: 9781315518374
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In this chapter, we review two related sets of structured professional judgment guidelines for assessing risk for sexual violence, the Sexual Violence Risk-20, Versions 1 and 2 and the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol. We begin by providing a full description of the administration process of the SVR-20 V1/V2 and RSVP. We discuss the guidelines together because they are similar in format and content to the extent that we consider them to be parallel forms; yet, there are some noteworthy differences between them, primarily with respect to the complexity of their administration procedures. Second, we provide a narrative summary of all the major disseminations to date we could locate that evaluated the interrater reliability and criterion-related validity of judgments made using the guidelines. Finally, we illustrate the use of the guidelines—and the differences between them—using a case example.

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