Commentary on DeClue and Zavodny (2014)

Jennifer Storey

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This commentary focuses on the paper by DeClue and Zavodny (2014, pp. 145–161) in this issue of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. In their series of papers (DeClue, 2013; DeClue & Campbell, 2013; DeClue & Zavodny, 2013), the authors identify six questions commonly encountered by evaluators using Static 99R. The questions relate to the method by which risk estimates are obtained and the reporting of those estimates. In the present study, DeClue and Zavodny (2014) provide clear answers for each of the questions raised and guidelines for evaluators on how to proceed with and present their assessments. In addition to providing this information, their paper raises several important issues that will be discussed herein, including a) the need for similar guidelines for other violence risk assessment instruments, b) the need for research on the use of violence risk assessment instruments in practice, c) the need for research on the communication of violence risk, and d) the selection of violence risk assessment instruments for use in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-187
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Threat Assessment and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


  • forensic psychology
  • professional guidelines
  • Static 99R
  • violence risk assessment

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