Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide

P. Randall Kropp, Ph.D.
Stephen D. Hart, Ph.D.
Christopher D. Webster, Ph.D.
Derek Eaves, M.B.


The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA) helps criminal justice professionals predict the likelihood of domestic violence. The tool is a quality-control checklist that determines the extent to which a professional has assessed risk factors of crucial predictive importance according to clinical and empirical literature.

With 20 items, the SARA assessment screens for risk factors in individuals suspected of or being treated for spousal or family-related assault. The SARA can help determine the degree to which an individual poses a threat to his spouse, children, family members, or other people involved.

The instrument can be used by members of various boards or tribunals (e.g., parole and review boards, professional ethics committees, etc.), lawyers, victims’ rights advocates, and prisoners’ rights advocates
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Scales & Forms

SARA Checklist of Information Sources
The SARA Checklist of Information Sources is a checklist designed to ensure that all possible information resources have been tapped.

SARA QuikScore™ Form
The clinician-completed QuikScore™ form is a self-scoring form designed to screen for risk factors of spousal or family-related assault.
  • Spousal Assault History
  • Criminal History
  • Alleged/Most Recent Offense
  • Psychosocial Adjustment
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P. Randall Kropp, Ph.D.,
Stephen D. Hart, Ph.D.,
Christopher D. Webster, Ph.D.,
& Derek Eaves, M.B.

Age Range Males 18 years and older

Administration Time 60-90 minutes

Administration Type Clinician-administered

Qualification Level B


  • Handscored


PCL–R 2nd Ed.