Ontic Integrates the WAVR-21 for Assessment of Workplace Violence Risk into Unified Protective Intelligence Software Platform
July 27, 2020
Physical Security Professionals at Fortune 500 Companies and Higher Education Institutions Gain Access to Structured Professional Judgement Guide and Methodology for Risk Management and Assessment
Ontic, the unified protective intelligence software platform digitally transforming how businesses proactively address physical safety, today announced the integration of the WAVR-21 V3 (Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk) into its SaaS-based protective intelligence platform. The WAVR-21 instrument can be utilized by Ontic’s corporate and higher education clients for risk assessment and management.
“The WAVR-21 co-developers, Drs. Stephen White and Reid Meloy, have drawn on their many years of case consultations to organizations, integrating it with empirical research and violence risk literature to provide a fundamental guide for understanding workplace and campus targeted violence risk,” said Lukas Quanstrom, chief executive officer, Ontic. “Integrating the WAVR-21 into the Ontic platform is yet another innovation that gives physical security teams what they need to screen, assess, manage and act on threats to their workplaces and campuses to keep people safe.”
The WAVR-21 methodology is designed to improve the quality of threat assessment and case management decision-making through scientifically-grounded assessment technology, and improves communication among the multi-disciplinary members of the incident management process. The 21 factors on the WAVR serve as a map, identifying risk-relevant information to pursue. Findings from WAVR driven inquiries are then integrated with practitioners’ professional judgment as they refine their understanding of a case and how best to proceed. The extensive WAVR manual is included within the Ontic platform and acts as an educational resource for practitioners at all levels of experience. WAVR-21 consultants are also available to collaborate with Ontic clients on training and the development of operational plans and best practices.
“As long-time providers of threat assessment, case management and team training, we recognized the need for a common, evidence-based instrument and language for analyzing threat cases that inform management strategies,” said Dr. Stephen White, co-developer of the WAVR-21, founder and president of Work Trauma Services. “Combining our proven methodology with Ontic’s protective intelligence platform creates a comprehensive tool for objectively identifying concerning behaviors early that may lead to the pathway to targeted violence or cause disruption to work and campus environments.”
The WAVR-21 – Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk – is a 21-item coded instrument for the structured assessment of workplace and campus targeted violence risk. First published in 2007 by its co-developers, Drs. Stephen White and Reid Meloy, the WAVR-21 reflects the authors’ extensive case and forensic experience and a thorough review of the research and clinical literature. The WAVR is an example of an SPJ (structured professional judgment guide) and is now in its third edition, published in 2016. SPJs are used in combination with practitioners’ professional or clinical judgment to objectively develop opinions of risk that inform challenging case management decisions.
Ontic is the first protective intelligence software company to digitally transform how Fortune 500 and emerging enterprises proactively address physical threat management to protect employees, customers and assets. Ontic’s SaaS-based platform collects and connects threat indicators to provide a comprehensive view of potential threats while surfacing critical knowledge so companies can assess and action more to maintain business continuity and reduce financial impact. Ontic also provides strategic consulting, multidimensional services, education and thought leadership for safety and security professionals at major corporations via its Center for Protective Intelligence. For more information please visit ontic.co
For more information on the WAVR-21 including threat assessment training on workplace and campus violence, extremism and terrorism, stalking, intimate partner violence, and other topics go to wavr21.com.