HCR-20: Assessing Risk for Violence (Version 3) hcr-20-version-3

For: Identify presence/absence of violence risk factors

Reading Level: 18 to 65 years

Format: Paper-and-Pencil

Length: Untimed administration; 5 minutes scoring

Scoring: Hand Scored



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


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


  • 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 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.

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