Risk assessment with intimate partner sex offenders

Wendy Morgan, Elizabeth Gilchrist

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Risk assessment with any offender presents a number of challenges. However, risk assessment with offenders who have committed offences against their partners presents practitioners with a number of additional challenges. Intimate Partner (IP) sex offenders are reported to be responsible for the majority of adult serious sexual offences in England and Wales. However, despite calls for a unified approach to sex offender theory there has been little integration between this and the IP and family sexual violence literature. This paper summarizes the relevant literature on prevalence and cross over of sexual abuse by IP offenders, patterns of abuse, generality of offending, psychopathology and risk concerns (including risk of intimate partner homicide). Based on this, recommendations are made for best practice with IP sex offenders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-372
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • risk assessment
  • family violence
  • intimate partner violence


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