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HCR-20 V3

HCR-20, Version 3: Assessing Risk for Violence

Kevin S. Douglas, LLB, PhD, Stephen D. Hart, PhD, Christopher D. Webster, PhD, and Henrik Belfrage, MD

Identifies the presence or absence of violence risk factors
Paper and pencil
Age range:
18 years to 65 years
Untimed; 5 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

The HCR-20 V3 is a comprehensive set of professional guidelines for the assessment and management of violence risk.

Features and benefits

  • Built on the solid foundation laid by Versions 1 and 2, the HCR-20 V3 embodies and exemplifies the structured professional judgment (SPJ) model of violence risk assessment.
  • Commonly used within correctional, forensic, and general or civil psychiatric settings, both institutional and community based.
  • Allows you to determine the presence of 20 key violence risk factors in your client and their relevance to that client.
  • Contains information to help you construct meaningful formulations of violence risk, future risk scenarios, appropriate risk management plans, and informative communication of risk.
  • Subjected to exhaustive testing and evaluations, this revision is expected to be even more clinically useful than its predecessor while still enjoying a solid empirical basis.

Test structure

  • The HCR-20 V3 User's Guide contains all the information needed to administer, code, and interpret the HCR-20 V3.
  • The HCR-20 V3 Worksheets assist evaluation and documentation using the HCR-20 V3.