Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Kathleen Gathercoal, PhD

Second Advisor

Nancy Thurston, PsyD

Third Advisor

Alexander Milkey, PsyD


The predictive validity of intimate partner violence (IPV) risk measures continues to be a newer, but significant, area of research within the domain of violence risk assessment. This study describes local (Oregon) normative data for the ODARA (IPV risk measure) as well as investigate, for a specific law enforcement agency, which tool is a superior predictor for the agency, a general violence risk assessment tool, i.e., the LS-CMI (part one), or an !PY-specific risk tool, i.e., the ODARA. Archival data was obtained through a law enforcement agency's research department. Descriptive and comparative analysis was done for the ODARA and LS/CMI (part one) that included: item analysis, tests of sensitivity and specificity and ROC curve analysis. Results indicated differences between the two measures regarding IPV recidivism detection, with the OD ARA exhibiting poor predictive abilities and the LS/CMI demonstrating, overall (both general and specific violence recidivism identification) better predictive abilities than the ODARA. Looking ahead to the future for the law enforcement agency, specific implications and recommendations were proposed.