The DV-MOSAIC is a free domestic violence murder prevention tool, developed by Becker and Associates. (Information taken from www.http://alliance4children.weebly.com website)
A study by U.S. Department of Justice and Johns Hopkins University (The Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment Validation Study), and the project found that DV-MOSAIC:
Tested highest on what the researchers called "sensitivity," correctly classifying most of the women that were indeed re-assaulted;
Performed best in predicting subsequent stalking or threats;
Had the strongest correlation between the victims' perception of risk of re-assault and risk of serious harm;
Captured relevant information equally well with victims of various ethnicities;
Had scores that were significantly associated with abuse, and;
Provided uniformity to assessment (called Inter-rater Reliability) such that ten different people of different abilities and styles will come up with the same preliminary rating.
At any time please feel free to contact Christian Mental Health and Family Hope Ministries for further information, a free counseling consult, or for help with filling out the MOSAIC Assessment. The MOSAIC Assessment is an independent link that this ministry independently recommends as an assessment tool. Christian Mental Health & Family Hope Ministries phone number is 1-800-750-2309 or Dr. Baldwin can be reached directly 24/7 at 314-791-2450.
"What is MOSAIC?" (Taken directly from www.mosaicmethod.com website)
MOSAIC is an error avoidance method,
a computer-assisted method for conducting comprehensive assessments - in the same way that diagnosis is a method used by a doctor. An effective medical diagnosis results when a doctor knows which questions to ask, knows which tests will produce the most accurate answers, and then knows how to draw relevant conclusions from all the answers combined together.
Similarly, assessing whether a situation has the combination of factors that are associated with escalated risk and danger requires that you know what questions to ask, and then know how to consider all your answers in a way that enhances insight. The MOSAIC method works by breaking a situation down to its elements, factor-by-factor, and then seeing what picture emerges when the pieces of the puzzle are put together.
MOSAIC helps the assessor weigh the present situation in light of expert opinion and research, and instantly compare the present situation to past cases where the outcomes are known.
Many who work with victims of Domestic Violence felt a critical need to advance knowledge of the dynamics that lead to spousal homicide, and with good reason: If a full jumbo jet crashed into a mountain killing everyone on board, and if that happened every month, month in and month out, the number of people killed still wouldn’t equal the number of women murdered by their husbands and boyfriends each year.
Gavin de Becker advised lawyers in both the criminal and civil cases against O.J. Simpson, focusing on the pre-incident indicators (PINS) apparent in the case. He worked with Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Gordon, who handled the domestic violence component of the prosecution.
Gordon recognized the stalking behavior described in the MOSAIC for Assessment of Workplace Violence as nearly identical to Simpson’s pre-offense behavior. But he saw something more: As a former police detective, a prosecutor, and as Chairman of the Domestic Violence Council, Gordon felt certain that early recognition of these patterns could help police prevent spousal homicides more often.
Without any reliance on government, and funded entirely with proceeds from de Becker’s book, The Gift of Fear, the project to modify and enhance MOSAIC to evaluate spousal abuse situations began in 1995. LAPD offered to have detectives participate in a field test of the new system, and many officials and practitioners contributed insights and encouragement. Today, MOSAIC for Assessment of Domestic Violence Situations is the most widely deployed MOSAIC system, used by police detectives all over America.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of the method is that domestic violence victims can see a written report that is item-by-item what they have told detectives. Seeing the information in a form that cannot be easily denied or minimized has had a substantial impact.
A recent report funded by the Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office interviewed users of MOSAIC, and noted:
"Nearly everyone interviewed for this report relayed a story about how MOSAIC convinced a woman to seek help who would not have otherwise."
In 1997, under the guidance of Lieutenant Sue Tyler and Detective Bernice Abram, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deployed MOSAIC at all of its stations. Since then, it’s been credited with substantial reductions in homicide by spousal abusers whose cases Sheriff’s deputies have evaluated.
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