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Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Quiz

Determine Your Risk Factors

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Updated September 18, 2013

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Are you in danger?

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If you are in an abusive relationship that has turned violent, you may be in more danger than you realize. Domestic violence can escalate quickly without warning and can turn deadly.

Answering these questions can help you tell if your situation is potentially fatal?

Research into violent relationships that resulted in the death of the victim has identified specific risk factors that were present in those deadly relationships. Known as "predictors of death, the more of these factors that are present in a relationship, the more likely the outcome will become fatal or near fatal for the abused partner.

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has developed a "Danger Assessment" quiz that gives professionals working with victims of domestic violence and abuse a tool to evaluate just how much danger the victim may be in and how likely the relationship may become deadly.

Campbell's assessment tool has been used by law enforcement, health care professionals, domestic violence advocates and researchers for 25 years to identify domestic violence victims with the highest level of danger.

So that you may use the quiz to evaluate your personal situation, the About.com Alcoholism site has obtained permission to publish the danger assessment quiz here, on the condition that it may not be changed in any way. Therefore, following is Campbell's complete introduction to the assessment quiz:

Danger Assessment

Several risk factors have been associated with increased risk of homicides (murders) of women and men in violent relationships. 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 abuse and for you to see how many of the risk factors apply to your situation.

Using the calendar, please mark the approximate dates during the past year when you were abused by your partner or ex partner. Write on that date how bad the incident was according to the following scale:

1. Slapping, pushing; no injuries and/or lasting pain
2. Punching, kicking; bruises, cuts, and/or continuing pain
3. "Beating up"; severe contusions, burns, broken bones
4. Threat to use weapon; head injury, internal injury, permanent injury, miscarriage, choking
5. Use of weapon; wounds from weapon

If any of the descriptions for the higher number apply, use the higher number.

Mark Yes or No for each of questions on the quiz. "He" refers to your husband, partner, ex-husband, ex-partner, or whoever is currently physically hurting you.

Note: The results of your quiz are not recorded or stored in any way. Only you can see your answers and quiz results.

Begin the Quiz

Sources:

Campbell, JC. "Danger Assessment." © 2004. Retrieved August 2013

Campbell JC, et al. "The danger assessment: validation of a lethality risk assessment instrument for intimate partner femicide." Journal of Interpersonal Violence, March 2008

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