Artificial intelligence could help protect victims of domestic violence

The study by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE, Comparing Conventional and Machine-Learning Approaches to Risk Assessment in Domestic Abuse Cases, reveals that of the domestic abuse calls received by police - more than one in ten (11.8 per cent) people will call again within a year about a repeat violent attack.

Police forces need to assess the risk that domestic abuse victims will be targeted again, in order to keep victims safe and prevent future violence. Currently this is done using a standardised set of questions.

But the CEP researchers have found a way to predict such repeat attacks more accurately – giving the police a better chance of preventing serious harm.

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