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What is involved in developing a thorough violence threat assessment protocol?
There are four key ingredients for a successful threat assessment and management program in your organization:
- A threat assessment and management (TAM) team: A highly collaborative, cross-discipline team, typically in the specialties of human resources, security, and legal; in some organizations a mental health professional is included.
- A strong relationship with outside threat assessment experts, usually mental health professionals with this specialty
- Adoption of a sound, evidence-based methodology for risk assessment that can be conducted by professionals and non-professionals alike (a structured professional judgment guide or “SPJ”). The WAVR-21™ V3 is a widely used tool and one we have integrated into our Violence Threat Assessment App.
- A strong case management tool to properly notify, assign and document key case activity, findings, decisions and outcomes, captured in an ad hoc, highly temporal manner.
What is targeted violence?
You hear about it on the news almost everyday. Targeted violence refers to situations where an individual intentionally commits an act of violence against a specific target, whether it be a person or a “symbolic” target, such as a company, institution, or an identified group. The violence typically stems from the potential attacker’s “grievance” (the feeling of being wronged in some way) which is directed at the target. Targeted violence is planned, emotionless, and predatory – but potentially preventable, as it often follows a series of detectable “warning sign” behaviors preceded by other, more long-term risk characteristics. These markers for potential harm are captured by the WAVR-21™ and the app.
What would constitute a threat of violence in the workplace?
Threats, and what are perceived as threats, come in wide-ranging and varying forms. As mentioned by our partners who developed the WAVR-21™, Drs. Stephen White and Reid Meloy, targeted violence is complex but comprehensible. Distinguishing actual risk from “false alarms” can be accomplished in most instances. Workplace perpetrators can be current or former coworkers, domestic or intimate partners of employees, acquaintances, clients, patients, or other individuals outside the workplace who have some actual relationship or acquaintance with someone inside the organization, or perhaps an inappropriate “fixation.”
What is a targeted violence threat assessment?
In general terms, a threat assessment consists of identifying the full spectrum of threats to an organization (natural, criminal, terrorism, negligence, etc.) and evaluating the likelihood of those threats occurring, based on known risk indicators. Once threats have been identified and coded, plans are made to manage, eliminate or mitigate risks.
A targeted violence risk assessment addresses whether a particular individual – employee, spouse or partner of an employee, client, customer, patient, student, faculty, or staff member – poses a risk of intended violence to a workplace or campus. Based on the findings, a risk management plan is considered and undertaken in a rational and thoughtful manner. Violence risk factors can include stalking, disruptive anger, substance abuse, a history of violence, and violent delusions, but the pathway almost always begins with a personal grievance. An effective violence risk assessment combines professional judgment and scientific research with risk-relevant data about the subject.
How are threats and their assessment different on a college or university campus?
A college or university campus has many similarities with large corporations, but there are differences. Most notably is the more accommodating rehabilitation policies of schools regarding students with mental problems. The stresses on students and relationship challenges of young adults are common issues. According to current research, intentional violence on campuses often involves relationships that have gone awry, and may involve stalking and other unwanted pursuits.
What is the Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk Methodology?
The WAVR-21™ – Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk – is the most widely used methodology for conducting workplace and campus violence risk assessments. The instrument includes clear definitions and a coding schema for its 21 empirically-founded violence risk and protective factors. The domain of workplace and campus targeted violence – psychological, behavioral, historical and situational–comprise the rich content of the WAVR-21™, now in its third edition.
What are the key benefits of using software for violence threat assessment?
Professional judgment, developed through training and experience, will always be necessary for assessing threats in individual cases. Although the software includes numerous case examples to refer to, it is not there to make decisions for you in specific situations. Consider, however, the advantage of a threat assessment app, with a strong evidence-based and well-recognized tool as its core, that offers efficiencies in prioritizing and performing assessment activities, securing sensitive personal and behavioral data, and thorough case documentation to back up your key decisions. Say good-bye to the paper-and-pencil and email approach to record keeping and communication. Plus, with the ability to aggregate incidents, behaviors, and outcomes across an entire organization, you will have more insight into trends that can lead to measures for improving your overall workplace or campus violence prevention program.
What is a threat assessment?
Threat assessment is a process designed to identify individuals of concern, investigate individuals and situations, and assess the information gathered.
Threat assessment vs. risk assessment: What’s the difference?
Risk is the potential for loss, damage or destruction of an asset as a result of a threat that exploits a vulnerability.
How does Resolver help the threat assessment team?
Make your organisation’s threat assessment team more resilient, collaborative and effective by bringing incident triaging, case management and WAVR-21™ assessments into one consolidated, secure web-based platform.
How does Resolver implement WAVR-21?
A web-based, digital version of the paper WAVR-21 guide. Resolver’s Case Management supports all the WAVR-21 content (the Intake and Documentation Questionnaire, the Worksheet and the Grid) in addition to incident triaging and case management functionality.