Source Acknowledgment: The threat-assessment tool on this site has been adapted from the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT), which is now used by police, domestic violence advocates and other professionals in New South Wales, Australia to assess risk to victims of violence in order to formulate safety strategies accordingly.
I think it is an excellent tool, and I'm very pleased to include it here. My thanks for guidance and information is due a risk-management specialist friend who works for Staying Home Leaving Violence, NSW
THIS PAGE CONTAINS CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO:
IMPORTANT POINTS AND INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE ACCESSING THE DANGER ASSESSMENT TOOL:
- ARE CURRENTLY IN A VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP
- ARE THINKING ABOUT EXITING A VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP
- ARE IN THE PROCESS OF EXITING A VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP
- HAVE EXITED A VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP
- The intent of the danger assessment tool on this site is to point women in any danger, or perhaps in very great danger, in the right direction, NOT to substitute for guidance with a professional. The checklist you are about to fill out is adapted from the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT). This test is, as a rule, taken in the company of police or other professionals in New South Wales, Australia. You may see more about how the DVSAT works here. Taking an assessment with a professional is an advantage over taking it yourself online, as you have a knowledgeable person who can discuss and clarify issues with you, and formulate safety strategies with you. Whatever results you get from this page, you are strongly urged to contact the police or a domestic violence service. Whomever you contact will probably wish to do an assessment using the criteria/methods their agency, or agencies in your specific locality, use.
- Assessment does not take long - a couple of minutes.
- You may find taking this test confronting and frightening, and find that you feel pretty vulnerable. This is another reason for you to take the best care of yourself and call a domestic violence service to talk it over with. Of course it's terrifying to have the danger you may be in underscored, just remember that the assessment is here to help you find your way to people who can help you manage that danger. Also remember that you're not alone.
- When you go through to the danger assessment, you'll also have the option to complete it in Word or PDF, so that the results are printable for you to show to and discuss with the appropriate people.
- Disclaimer: While the assessment tool on this site is drawn from the work of professionals trained in understanding fatality and other dangerous risks to abused women, I am not a threat-assessment expert and cannot be held responsible for results, how they are interpreted by site visitors using the assessment tool, or any actions people may or may not take as a result of using it.
- You must check all the radio buttons in the form below before you can use the assessment tool. You will not be able to proceed to the assessment unless you do so.
- By all means, if you do have trouble understanding or interpreting questions and results, contact a domestic violence service who will be able to explain it to you.