Borders McLaughlin & Associates Family Violence Risk Assesments Admitted by Texas Court of Law in Custody Hearing

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Evidence-based FVRA used for first time in Texas Court and now accepted as process and scientific method for high-risk evaluations

Borders McLaughlin & Associates, (, a firm specializing in evidence-based assessments in high-risk court cases, announced today that the company’s assessment process named Family Violence Risk Assessment (FVRA) was accepted by the Texas Court of Law as meeting the scientific requirements in high-risk court cases, and was admitted as evidence. This is the first time the FVRA was used in Texas as evidence in the judge’s final decision.

“Our FVRA has been used in several occasions in different parts of the United States, but this is the first time it was used as evidence in a court case in Texas,” said Borders McLaughlin & Associates chief executive officer, John McLaughlin, who also participated in the case as a witness to the evidence produced by FVRA. “We are committed to changing the way courts address high-risk assessments, and we are gladdened to see that Texas recognizes the importance of relying on scientific-based, factual evidence in these types of cases, as opposed to those states that rely solely on opinion-based testimony.”

The Borders McLaughlin & Associates Family Violence Risk Assessment is a fact-based process that uses technology, analytics, and years of expertise to combine human behavior, and evidence-based solutions to high-risk cases. For example, during the Texas case, John and associates where able to uncover a pattern to the accusations of abuse and molestation thereby providing the court with a clear pattern of behavior. That, in addition to other findings by the FVRA, provided sufficient factual evidence to convince the judge to rule that the supervised visitation should remain in place.

“Our innovative approach to assessments can save lives and doesn’t take months and months of evaluation meetings with different therapists and court appointed assessors,” added John. “FVRA finds the necessary facts to present to the court in a fraction of the time.”

The case was presented to the Llano County Court in Texas in February and the judge has already filed their opinion as of February 16, 2010.

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About Borders McLaughlin & Associates
With more than 50 years of experience, interviewing thousands of victims, abusers and children involved in domestic violence, Borders, McLaughlin & Associates has developed the Family Violence Risk Assessment (FVRA). Our Assessment is a multi-dimensional approach that determines whether violence or abuse actually occurred, evaluates the future potential risk of the parties involved and clearly determines the potential risk to the children or any other party. Borders, McLaughlin is the only privately held firm authorized to use MOSAIC, a highly-developed computer-assisted method that provides guidance in the evaluation of situations that may escalate to violence. MOSAIC is used by governmental agencies to assess threats to public figures, celebrities, Supreme Court Justices and other governmental officials.


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