Spousal Assault Risk Assessment version 3 (SARAv3) 2-day Training

31st October - 01st November 2019

Spousal Assault Risk Assessment version 3 (SARAv3):

assessing and managing intimate partner violence risk. 2-day training.

31st Oc t- 1st Nov 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport

About the training

Practitioners and clinicians are often required to assess risk and to formulate plans to reduce or manage the risk of offending that an individual may present. For example, intimate partner violence (IPV) / domestic violence (DV) risk assessment may be crucial to pre-sentence reports, parole assessments, community management plans such as MAPPA or community mental health teams, in-patient services managing restricted patients, tribunal reports – the list is endless!

This two-day training event focuses on the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment version 3 (SARAv3; Kropp & Hart, 2015). The SARAv3 is an intimate partner violence risk assessment tool that follows the structured professional judgement approach to the assessment and management of sexual violence risk. This structured professional judgement approach is similar in nature to that taken by the popular HCR-20 v3. The SARAv3 guides the assessor in considering information, identifying risk factors that are present and relevant, formulating risk, generating potential future risk scenarios and creating appropriate risk management plans.

It is widely accepted in forensic risk assessment that structured professional judgement performs better than clinical judgement alone, and appropriate training is the key to thorough and defensible assessment.

Day 1 of the training course focuses on general issues related to the assessment and management of risk for IPV and the use of the SARAv3 guidelines.

Day 2 focuses on the completion of practice cases and discussion of practice-related issues, including communication of findings in the form of written reports.

The primary aim of the workshop is to ensure that delegates feel confident when assessing clients using the SARAv3 and to develop awareness of how risk management plans can be formulated. The training event does not aim to cover broad theories of intimate partner violent offending, as the focus is risk assessment. A certificate will be provided for evidence of attendance at this workshop, which may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is designed for professionals (or in-training professionals) who may work with this group or are likely to do so in the future.

This is likely to include psychologists, psychiatrists, Offender Managers/Probation Officers, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, forensic speech and language therapists, Police or Prison Officers, Panel members, other types of therapist, and those in professional training in these roles. Legal professionals may attend for their CPD on this topic (rather than this qualifying them to use the tool).

If you are unsure if this workshop is appropriate for your profession then please get in touch with us.

About the trainer

The primary trainer for this event is Dr Ruth Tully. Ruth is a HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Ruth is Clinical Director at Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd, and has been assessing the risk of sexual and violent offenders for a number of years both as an individual professional and as part of multi-disciplinary teams. She has published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of sex offender risk assessment, most notably a systematic review on this topic alongside empirical research, and she is an invited speaker at national and international conferences on this topic. Ruth is actively involved in the risk assessment, management and treatment of sexual offenders both as a practitioner and consultant to services. Ruth has extensive experience working with sex offenders in prisons, hospitals and the community and with working with complex offenders e.g. those with personality disorder, learning disability, multiple paraphilias, or mental illness. Ruth is an experienced trainer and has delivered this event to a range of professionals over the last few years.


Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport Hotel near Nottingham, with easy access from the M1, East Midlands Airport (EMA), and from various train stations imcluding East Midlands Parkway. There are a range of hotels nearby which vary in price.


£400 excluding VAT per delegate ‘early bird rate’ (£480 including VAT, booked and paid in full by 5pm 20th Sept 2019), or £440 excluding VAT thereafter (£528 including VAT).
This cost includes SARAv3 manual and all training materials. Lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.

How to book

Please email – please head your email ‘SARA training’. We will then send you a booking form to complete.

Recent feedback from our risk training courses

"The training was comprehensive and practical. It aided my knowledge and defensible risk assessment practice. Forensic Psychologist

The training was pitched at the right level with flexible learning. The training will help me to lead on this assessment and advise others. Consultant Clinical Psychologist

It has enhanced my confidence and competence to use the tool within my practice. Assistant Psychologist

Great materials and opportunities for discussion. Forensic Psychologist in Training

Use of case study was really helpful and the trainer was friendly and polite. Psychiatrist

Misuse of the tool

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are acting within your code of conduct and professional standards of practice, as well as within the publisher and manual regulations for use of the tool. Neither Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd nor the trainers can be held responsible for misuse of the tool.

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