Chiefs of Ontario invites you to attend a training session on Risk Assessment. This training session will offer an opportunity to bring awareness on risk assessments and support the work of shelter workers, Indigenous victim services, and police services.
The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) is an actuarial tool that assesses the risk of recidivism of an offender. Created by the Ontario Provincial Police Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Section, this tool is used by police services throughout the province.
- Risk Assessment Training 2: January 30, 2023 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Risk Assessment Training 3: February 27, 2023 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Risk Assessment Training 4: March 27, 2023 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Rescheduled Training Session:
- Risk Assessment Training 1: March 13, 2023 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Virtually via Zoom.
Who should attend: These training sessions are open to First Nations front-line workers employed in First Nations shelters, Indigenous Victim Services, and First Nations police constables.
Contact: For additional information, please contact Barbara General, Program Lead, Women’s Initiatives, Chiefs of Ontario, via Barbara.General@coo.org.
About the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA)
ODARA is an actuarial tool for estimating the risk that a domestic violence offender will assault a partner again. It was created by the Ontario Provincial Police Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Section and researchers at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. ODARA items are also used to score the Domestic Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (DVRAG).
ODARA 101 is an online, restricted-access training program designed to allow assessors to obtain domestic violence risk assessment training anytime, anywhere, and at no charge. Over 1000 assessors per year complete the training, which takes 4-6 hours on average. This training supplements the book, Domestic Violence Risk Assessment, which includes FAQs, more practice cases, literature reviews, and guidance on implementation and risk communication.
Learn more here https://odara.waypointcentre.ca/.
About the Risk Assessment Trainer
Dr. N. Zoe Hilton is a professor of psychiatry in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, a registered psychologist, and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. She was the lead of the research team that developed the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) and author of the book, “Domestic Violence Risk Assessment, 2nd edition,” published by the American Psychological Association in 2021.
Dr. Hilton conducts research that pertains to justice-involved individuals in the criminal justice and psychiatric systems, and the professionals who provide services for them. Her current funded research as principal investigator includes a partnership development grant to examine standardized risk assessment and coercive control in domestic violence, and a knowledge synthesis grant to examine how coercive control is experienced and policed in 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities. Another major research project is based at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care follows a cohort of men from admission through four years of care in forensic psychiatry, to explore how their histories and adjustment in the hospital are related to aggression and measures of success.
Dr. Hilton was also the lead of a research and knowledge translation project on Trauma among Psychiatric Workers, a co-investigator on project led by Sandy Jung of MacEwan University to examine domestic violence risk in threat assessment and management, and a collaborator in the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Hilton earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, as well as an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton.