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RISKSAM: Structured collaboration to prevent stalking and intimate partner violence - Implementation and evaluation of a risk management model for the social service and the police

About this project

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress 2019 - 2025


Susanne Strand

Research subject

Research environments

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and stalking is a pervasive societal and public health problem, where every third woman reports being victimized. Such violence causes a major strain on both victims and society, where resources provided to reduce violence show low effect since both rates of prevalence and recidivism remains high and quality of life remains low for victims and their children, specifically in rural areas. The work to prevent such violence needs an effective risk management, which currently is not the case. The risk management conducted by social service in collaboration with the police is problematic since it is done with different perspectives in an unstructured way. The RISKSAM is a structured risk management model developed to improve collaboration within and between agencies. The RISKSAM will provide the link between the conducted risk assessment and the risk management.

The overall aim of this project is to improve and implement a sustainable and evidence-based model, the RISKSAM, within the Swedish social services, as well as to evaluate the effects of working with this model in terms of violence reduction, cost-effective collaboration with the police, and quality of life for victims, in cases of IPV and stalking with both a rural and child perspective.

The project consists of a mixed method design divided into four sub-projects. First, a before and after design in an urban area and later a randomized control trial in rural and remote areas will take place, investigating the effect of the RISKSAM. Second, examine the prerequisites for multi-agency collaboration and the cost related to it. Third, a victim focused project with interviews will be done exploring victims and their children’s vulnerability and quality of life, and fourth, a theoretical framework on risk management will be developed.

This project aims to strengthen the welfare by research and innovation of working with effective risk management to prevent IPV and stalking.


Research teams

Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE)


  • Socialtjänst och polis inom region Bergslagen,