Dr Monahan is affiliated with the University of Virginia School of Law. Dr Steadman and Ms. Robbins are with Policy Research Associates in Delmar, NY. Dr Appelbaum is with the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. Drs Banks and Grisso are with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Drs Mulvey and Roth are with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr Silver is with the Department of Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park.
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Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Brief Risk Assessment
Volume 24, Issue 6, pages 721–730, November 2006
How to Cite
Monahan, J., Steadman, H. J., Appelbaum, P. S., Grisso, T., Mulvey, E. P., Roth, L. H., Robbins, P. C., Banks, S. and Silver, E. (2006), The classification of violence risk. Behav. Sci. Law, 24: 721–730. doi: 10.1002/bsl.725
The authors of this article are the owners of COVR, Inc, and therefore have a financial interest in the software described here. The software is available from Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc., at www.parinc.com
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The Classification of Violence Risk (COVR®) is an interactive software program designed to estimate the risk that a person hospitalized for mental disorder will be violent to others. The software leads the evaluator through a chart review and a brief interview with the patient. At the end of this interview, the software generates a report that contains a statistically valid estimate of the patient's violence risk—ranging from a 1% to a 76% likelihood of violence—including the confidence interval for that estimate, and a list of the risk factors that the program took into account to produce the estimate. In this article, the development of the COVR software is described and several issues that arise in its administration are discussed. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.