WAVR-21: Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk

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This is the 3rd edition of this popular threat assessment tool. First published in 2007, the WAVR-21 has quickly become the go-to resource for threat assessment in the workplace, campus and community settings.

The WAVR-21 is the first scientifically developed instrument for assessing risk of violence in the workplace. It was first introduced in 2007 and is currently in use in numerous Fortune 500 companies, large and smaller universities, secondary school districts, government agencies, and law enforcement and security departments throughout the US and Canada. With proper training, the WAVR-21 is an easy to use, highly effective tool for assessing risk and determining whether risk is increasing or decreasing, thereby assisting with the appropriate threat management response.

The revised WAVR-21, Third Edition, features a coding form appropriate for all users in their risk screening or threat assessment roles. The instrument and manual content now address both campus and workplace contexts. The manual includes a new comprehensive Intake and Documentation Questionnaire, four extensive post-incident analyses of workplace and campus homicide cases, and updated and new material.

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Developed by Stephen White, Ph.D. and Reid Meloy, Ph.D., this manual is packed with empirically derived criteria for accurately assessing risk. The packet includes the manual and five sets of coding forms for use in workplace violence risk assessments. The advantages offered by the WAVR-21 include:

The WAVR-21 offers tools and resources for both clinicians and workplace threat management team members

The WAVR-21 guides users in understanding and organizing relevant data

The WAVR-21 allows users to document, monitor, and re-assess risk

The WAVR-21 may be integrated into multi-disciplinary threat management strategies

The WAVR-21 incorporates the “Pathway to Violence” threat assessment model

The WAVR-21 reflects the current state of knowledge and standard of practice variables for workplace violence risk

The WAVR-21 provides a defensible approach to risk management in any subsequent litigation

For information on licensing the electronic version of the WAVR-21 for your organization, visit http://wtsglobal.com

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“The WAVR-21 has been enriched to address intended violence on campus as well as in the workplace. Firmly anchored in cutting-edge research and yet remarkably practitioner-friendly, the WAVR-21 is now the authoritative ‘go-to’ guide for threat assessment and management teams everywhere.”

John Monahan, Ph.D. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry University of Virginia

“With this 3rd edition of the WAVR-21, Drs. White and Meloy expand upon their already impressive contributions to the field of threat assessment and management. The WAVR-21 is an eminently useful tool that facilitates a structured professional judgment approach, guiding practitioners as they work through a range of critical factors. Within the instrument items and supplemental materials, the authors have incorporated a vast wealth of research and practical experience that is of tremendous value to practitioners at all levels. This is a must-have resource for threat assessment and violence prevention professionals.”

Gene Deisinger, Ph.D. Managing Partner, SIGMA Threat Management Associates, PA (Retired) Deputy Chief of Police & Director, Threat Management Services Virginia Tech

“The WAVR-21 is a remarkable threat management tool which helps threat and risk assessment professionals consider, capture, organize, and integrate critical information on key dynamic and static risk factors pertaining to a specific case. The structured professional judgment technology makes it cutting edge and state of the art, allowing the user to systematically approach cases and render accurate, reliable, and defensible threat assessments on a continuum. It is a must have tool for those who conduct threat assessments. Drs. White and Meloy are to be commended for their elegant and thorough, yet concise and parsimonious approach to threat assessment.”

Kris Mohandie, Ph.D.
Operational Consulting International, Inc.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 3 in
Product Options

WAVR:21 – Manual and five coding packets, Ten additional WAVR-21 coding packets, Twenty additional WAVR-21 coding packets