Coding Sample

The WAVR-21 manual provides definitions, explanations, and the coding criteria for each of the 21 item-factors on the Worksheet or Grid. Each item section begins with a key assessment question and risk indicators, followed by explanatory text describing the factor, it’s relation to workplace or campus violence risk, and offering examples. The sections conclude with relevant inquiry questions, and the coding criteria for the item. Below is an example:

Item 2: Homicidal Fantasies, Violent Preoccupations or Identifications.

Key Question: Does the subject reveal evidence of a general preoccupation with violent ideas, fantasies, weapons, or identification with perpetrators of violence, and are any of these ideas directed toward workplace or campus targets?

Risk Indicators: Homicidal ideation or thoughts, especially toward anyone in the workforce or on campus; increasing preoccupation with violent themes, fantasies, weapons, or violent groups; approval of violence, especially workplace or campus violence; and identification with assassins, mass murderers, terrorists or perpetrators of violence; increasing fixation or perseveration on a person or a cause.

Relevant Inquiry Questions:

  • Does the subject have homicidal ideas or thoughts, especially involving anyone in the organizational setting?
  • Does the subject show a preoccupation with violent themes, fantasies, movies, interactive media, weapons, military paraphernalia, or violent groups?
  • Does the subject approve of violence, especially workplace or campus violence?
  • Does the subject show any identification with fictional or real perpetrators of violence, especially workplace or campus violence, assassins, mass murderers, or terrorists?

Coding: Homicidal Fantasies, Violent Preoccupations or Identifications

Coding Sample