Danger assessment

Excerpted from
By Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Ph.D., R.N.
Copyright 1985, 1988, 2001

Several risk factors have been associated with homicides (murders) of both batterers and battered women in research conducted after the murders have taken place. We cannot predict what will happen in your case, but we would like you to be aware of the danger of homicide in situations of severe battering and for you to see how many of the risk factors apply to your situation.

Mark Yes or No for each of the following. (“He” refers to your husband, partner, ex-husband, ex-partner, or whoever is currently physically hurting you.)

____ 1. Has the physical violence increased in severity or frequency over the past year?
____ 2. Has he ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a weapon?
____ 3. Does he ever try to choke you?
____ 4. Does he own a gun?
____ 5. Has he ever forced you to have sex when you did not wish to do so?
____ 6. Does he use drugs? By drugs, I mean “uppers” or amphetamines, speed, angel dust, cocaine, “crack”, street drugs or mixtures.
____ 7. Does he threaten to kill you and/or do you believe he is capable of killing you?
____ 8. Is he drunk every day or almost every day? (In terms of quantity of alcohol.)
____ 9. Does he control most or all of your daily activities? For instance, does he tell you who you can be friends with, when you can see your family, how much money you can use, or when you can take the car? (If he tries but you do not let him, check here: ____)
____ 10. Have you ever been beaten by him while you were pregnant? (If you have never been pregnant by him, check here: ____)
____ 11. Is he violently and constantly jealous of you? (For instance, does he say “If I can’t have you, no one can.”)
____ 12. Have you ever threatened or tried to commit suicide?
____ 13. Has he ever threatened or tried to commit suicide?
____ 14. Does he threaten to harm your children?
____ 15. Do you have a child that is not his?
____ 16. Is he unemployed?
____ 17. Have you left him during the past year? (If have never lived with him, check here___)
____ 18. Do you currently have another (different) intimate partner?
____ 19. Does he follow or spy on you, leave threatening notes, destroy your property, or call you when you don’t want him to?
_____ Total “Yes” Answers

Please talk to a domestic violence advocate about what the Danger Assessment means in terms of your situation.
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