Assessing Risk to Inform Interventions: Connection, Communication, and Action

Date: May 10, 2022
Time: 3:00-4:30pm EST

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For Ontario lawyers, this program is eligible for 1 Substantive hour towards CPD requirements.

In this introduction to intimate partner violence risk assessment, Dr Messing will provide background on the development and testing of risk assessment instruments, discuss the features of risk assessment, and provide guidelines for how to choose a risk assessment for use in practice settings. She will discuss interventions that use risk assessment and introduce a framework for using risk assessment as part of an evidence-based practice model connection, communication, and action.

Jill Theresa MessingJill Theresa Messing, MSW, PhD is a Professor in the School of Social Work and the Director of the Office of Gender Based Violence at Arizona State University. Dr Messing specializes in the development and testing of intimate partner violence risk assessments, and is particularly interested in the use of risk assessment in collaborative, innovative interventions and as a strategy for reducing intimate partner homicide. She is the Principal Investigator on the P A I R Studies, a 6 state series of case control studies examining risk factors for intimate partner homicide funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, the National Science Foundation, and Everytown for Gun Safety. Dr Messing has published over 80 articles and book chapters and is the co editor of the 3rd edition of Assessing Dangerousness Domestic violence offenders and child abusers.

Justice Gerri Lynn WongJustice Gerri Lynn Wong was called to the bar in 1986. Most recently, she managed her own law firm as a sole practitioner focusing on child protection matters. Prior to that, she practised family law and mediation in the City Of Windsor. She has served as a member of the bench and bar committee for the Ontario Court of Justice, and has taught at the University of Windsor faculty of law. Justice Wong was awarded the Charles J. Clark award by the Essex Law Association in 2013 in recognition of her professional integrity and community service. 



Najia Mahmud is a barrister and solicitor based in London, Ontario, where she lives with her husband and 2 children. She strives to provide professional, courteous and timely legal services in a culturally competent manner. After graduating from Western University’s Faculty of Law, Najia had the privilege of articling with Dr. Todd Weiler, who specializes in the field of investment treaty arbitration. After working with several small firms as an Associate with a focus on Family and Child Protection Law, Najia recently founded Mahmud Law with the goal of enhancing access to justice for underserved communities. She is especially passionate about ensuring the voices and best interests of those impacted by domestic violence are recognized and protected in the legal system. Najia proudly accepts Legal Aid Certificates for Family and Child Protection matters and is on the Advice Panel for domestic violence.

Najia is a member of the Middlesex Law Association, the Middlesex Family Law Association, the Ontario Association of Child Protection Lawyers, the International Commission of Jurists, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association.

Najia has been on the board of the grass-roots, London-based community organization, Women & Politics, for the past 3 years. 

Dr. Randy KroppDr. Randy Kropp is a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in the assessment and management of violent offenders. He works for the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, is a research consultant with the British Columbia Institute against Family Violence, and is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. He has conducted numerous workshops for mental health professionals, police officers, corrections staff, and others in North America, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe. This training has focused on risk for violence, psychological assessments and criminal harassment (stalking). He has frequently consulted with provincial, state, and federal government ministries on matters related to violence against women and children, and the assessment and treatment of violent offenders. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports, and he is co-author to several works on risk assessment, including the Manual for the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, the Manual for the Sexual Violence Risk – 20, and the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP).