Table of Contents of the WAVR Manual Third Edition

Chapter 1.  Introduction  

The WAVR-21 Manual is Intended for a Wide Audience of Professionals
Why the WAVR-21 is Important: The Basics
The Content of the WAVR-21 V3 Manual and What’s New in Version 3
General Application and Limitations of The WAVR-21
The Legal Context for Workplace and Campus Violence Risk Assessment
WAVR-21 Research
eWAVR – The Electronic Version of the WAVR-21 V3

Chapter 2.  Understanding and Preventing Targeted Violence in Organizational 

Workplace Violence: Statistics and Categories
Campus Violence: Statistics and Categories
Modes of Violence
Psychodynamics: A Conscious Sense of Profound Injustice, and Underlying Shame
Researching Targeted Violence
Preventing Organizational Targeted Violence: General Principles for Workplaces and Campuses

Chapter 3.  Development and Structure of the WAVR-21

The Structured Professional Judgment Approach to Violence Risk Assessment
Development of the Original WAVR-21
WAVR-21 V3 Item Descriptions
Coding the WAVR-21
Additional Risk Parameters Not Specifically Included in the WAVR-21 V3

Chapter 4.  Using the WAVR-21                                                                                                   

General Guidelines
Some Specific Applications of WAVR-21 Risk Assessment Findings
Levels of Concern
Indirect Versus Direct Violence Risk Assessments
Common Biases
Threat Assessment Interviews of Individuals of Concern
Specific Guidelines for Using the WAVR-21 Instrument
Formulating Opinions of Violence Risk
Communication of Risk Level and Findings by Assessment Professionals
Risk Scenario Planning and Threat Management Interventions

Chapter 5.  The WAVR-21 Items: Definitions, Explanations, and Coding Criteria

  1. Motives for Violence
  2. Homicidal Ideas, Violent Preoccupations or Identifications
  3. Threatening Communications or Expressed Intent
  4. Weapons Skill and/or Access
  5. Pre-attack Planning and Preparation
  6. Stalking or Menacing Behavior
  7. Current Job or Academic Problems
  8. Extreme Job or Academic Attachment
  9. Loss, Personal Stressors and Negative Coping
  10. Entitlement and Other Negative Traits
  11. Lack of Conscience and Irresponsibility
  12. Anger Problems
  13. Suicidality and/or Depressive Mood
  14. Irrationally Suspicious or Bizarre Beliefs
  15. Substance Abuse and/or Dependence
  16. Increasing Isolation
  17. History of Violence, Criminality, and/or Conflict
  18. Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence
  19. Situational and Organizational Contributors to Violence
  20. Stabilizers and Buffers Against Violence
  21. Organizational Impact of Real or Perceived Threats


Appendix A.  WAVR-21 Case Intake and Information Form                                             

Appendix B.  WAVR-21 Worksheet                                                                                        

Appendix C.  WAVR-21 Grid                                                                                                    

Appendix D.  Sample Cases and Case Studies Using WAVR-21 Materials