Violence risk assessment

A term of art in the field of psychiatry and forensic psychiatry that refers to a process of thorough information-gathering for the purpose of making informed judgments about an evaluee’s risk for committing violence, and to inform risk management. The process generally concludes with the evaluator providing an estimation of the individual's likelihood of committing violence, defining its anticipated nature and severity, the environment and timeframe in which it might occur, who is likely to be a victim, and the conditions that will enable or suppress the prospect of its occurrence.