Several posters have requested how to determine if their partner, spouse, significant other is capable of harm. The Danger Assessment scale has been widely tested and is considered one of the better questionnaires. Please note that the author and others in the field of domestic violence emphasize that no matter what your score, if you feel that he is dangerous, it is important to trust that feeling.
Here is the questionnaire (posted with Dr. Campbell's permission, 4/30/05). Ten or more "yeses" indicate severe danger.
Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN
Copyright 2004 Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing
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, miscarriage
4. Threat to use weapon; head injury, internal injury, permanent injury, miscarriage
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 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. Does he own a gun?
3. Have you left him after living together during the past year? 3a. (If have never lived with him, check here___)
4. Is he unemployed?
5. Has he ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a lethal weapon? 5a. (If yes, was the weapon a gun?____)
6. Does he threaten to kill you?
7. Has he avoided being arrested for domestic violence?
8. Do you have a child that is not his?
9. Has he ever forced you to have sex when you did not wish to do so?
10. Does he ever try to choke you?
11. Does he use illegal drugs? By drugs, I mean "uppers" or amphetamines, speed, angel dust, cocaine, "crack", street drugs or mixtures.
12. Is he an alcoholic or problem drinker?
13. 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: ____)
14. Is he violently and constantly jealous of you? (For instance, does he say "If I can't have you, no one can.")
15. Have you ever been beaten by him while you were pregnant? (If you have never been pregnant by him, check here: ____)
16. Has he ever threatened or tried to commit suicide?
17. Does he threaten to harm your children?
18. Do you believe he is capable of killing you?
19. Does he follow or spy on you, leave threatening notes or messages on your answering machine, destroy your property, or call you when you don?t want him to?
20. Have you ever threatened or tried to commit suicide?
Total ?Yes? Answers
Thank you. Please talk to your nurse, advocate or counselor about what the Danger Assessment means in terms of your situation.
Danger Assessment Scale, as requested by several posters
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