Violence Risk Assessment of Written Word

Violence Risk Assessment of Written Word

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The Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word (VRAW2) is a researched based expert system tool useful for assessing written narratives to better understand their potential for threat. The tool should be used in conjunction with further training and study. A starting place for this would be reading this article or contacting the author Brian Van Brunt, at the bottom of the page.

Rate each of the five sub-factors either 0 for not present, 1 for unsure, and 2 for present, then add up all points. Scores of 5 or more indicate the overall factor is endorsed.
FACTORS
POINTS
Notes
FACTOR A: Fixation and Focus
Sub-factor A.1 Naming of Target
Sub-factor A.2 Repetition of the Target
Sub-factor A.3 Objectification of Target
Sub-factor A.4 Emphasis of Target
Sub-factor A.5 Graphic Language
FACTOR B: Hierarchical Thematic Content
Sub-factor B.1 Disempowering Language
Sub-factor B.2 Glorified Avenger
Sub-factor B.3 Reality Crossover
Sub-factor B.4 Militatistic Language
Sub-factor B.5 Paranoid Content
FACTOR C: Action and Time Imperative
Sub-factor C.1 Location of the Attack
Sub-factor C.2 Time of Attack
Sub-factor C.3 Weapons and Materials to be Used
Sub-factor C.4 Overcoming Obstacles
Sub-factor C.5 Conditional Ultimatum
FACTOR D: Pre-Attack Planning
Sub-factor D.1 Discussion and Acquisition of Weapons
Sub-factor D.2 Evidence of Researching of Stalking the Target
Sub-factor D.3 Details Concerning Target
Sub-factor D.4 Fantasy Rehearsal for Attack
Sub-factor D.5 Costuming Description
FACTOR E: Injustice Collecting
Sub-factor E.1 Perseverating on Past Wrongs
Sub-factor E.2 Unrequited Romantic Entanglements
Sub-factor E.3 Desperation, Hopelessness, Suicide Ideation/Attempt
Sub-factor E.4 Amplification/Narrowing
Sub-factor E.5 Threats to Create Justice
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Factors Endorsed
Note: Dangerousness and violence, from a student , faculty, or staff member is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately predict. This training topic offers research-based techniques and theories to provide a foundational understanding and improved awareness of the potential risk. The training or tool should not be seen as a guarantee or offer any assurance that violence will be prevented.