Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Quiz

Determine your risk factors of domestic violence

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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. You can use a Danger Assessment form to see if your situation is dangerous to the point of being potentially fatal.

You can go directly to the online Danger Assessment quiz provided by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

You can also print out the quiz in several different languages, as well as those modified for abusive female same-sex relationships and for immigrant women. Another part of the assessment is to mark a calendar with approximate dates in the past year when you were abused and to rate the degree of violence.

You can get an immediate result from the 20 questions of the quiz. You are in extreme danger if you answered yes to 18 or more questions, severe danger at 14 to 17 yes answers, increased danger at eight to 13 positive answers, and variable danger at less than eight. The quiz answers are not stored unless you create a confidential, free account. You should discuss your situation with a nurse, advocate, or counselor to explore how you can reduce your danger.

How the Danger Assessment Quiz Was Developed

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, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, developed the "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 over three decades to identify domestic violence victims with the highest level of danger.

Assessing Incidents

Campbell's introduction to the assessment quiz is reproduced with permission:

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.

You then mark Yes or No on each of the 20 questions of the quiz. You may use the quiz to evaluate your personal situation and prepare for a meeting with a nurse, advocate, or counselor. Any violent incident is a warning sign that you may be in danger of further violence.

Sources:

Danger Assessment. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. https://www.dangerassessment.org.

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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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