Danger Assessment

Each situation of intimate partner violence is different and there are no true indicators that will point to the fact that the violence will occur again, or how severe. However, there are indicators that increase the likelihood that you may be in danger.

Ask Yourself:

    Do you consider your partner dangerous?

    Do you feel safe?

    Has the frequency of the abuse increased? (Is it happening more often?)

    Has the severity of the abuse increased? (Are the injuries getting worse?)

    Does your partner use drugs or alcohol?

    Is your partner obsessive? (Is he/she very controlling?)

    Do you feel isolated? (or does your partner restrict who you can have contact with?)

    Are there, or has there ever been, weapons involved?

    Does your partner suffer from mental illness? (suicidal or strange behaviors)

    Is there sexual abuse involved?

    Is the partner abusive to the children?

    Are you pregnant, or has your partner abused you
    while you were pregnant?

    Abuse does not always have to manifest itself into physical behavior in order for it to be harmful. Below are some indicators of Non-Physical Indicators of Abuse.

    My partner screams and yells at me.

    My partner insults or shames me in front of others.

    My partner does not respect my feelings.

    My partner frightens me.

    My partner demands obedience to their orders.

    My partner does not allow me to have friends of the
    opposite sex (or same sex if appropriate).

    My partner demands that I stay home, or follows me when I go out.

    My partner demands sex, whether I want it or not.

    If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions we’re very concerned for you. Call our hotline now to review your situation. If privacy is a concern, email us.


    Please Note

    Even if there are few indicators present, this does not mean that you are safe. You are your own best judge as to whether or not you feel safe.

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