Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Health Professionals

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Appendix 5

The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) in Duluth, Minnesota: a guide to practice

Risk assessment questions
The Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) has developed a risk assessment questionnaire based on current research and years of interviews with victims of domestic violence, police and probation officers, mental health workers, public health nurses, and victim advocates. The following is offered as a guide for development locally and as one might expect, the questions are similar to findings in a range of UK literature on the subject. The role of the healthcare provider in this process needs to be determined at a local level. Whilst it is acknowledged that healthcare professionals must be pro-active in the assessment, planning and intervention of domestic abuse, a successful approach is one that is co-ordinated across disciplines. Therefore, the following is offered as a basis from which local policies and protocols might be developed rather than as a tool to be used indiscriminately by individual practitioners.
The Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) risk assessment
1 Has the abuser become increasingly more violent, brutal, and/or dangerous? Can you describe the incident? What do you think that change in behaviour means?
2 Has the abuser ever injured you so badly you needed medical attention? Can you describe the injuries? Have they become increasingly more severe? Are you concerned about what will happen next?
3 Has the abuser ever choked you? Can you describe the incident? Did you lose consciousness?
4 Has the abuser ever injured or killed a pet? Can you describe the incident? Do you think he did it to threaten you?
5 Has the abuser ever threatened to kill you? Can you describe the incident? Do you believe he is willing and capable of carrying out that threat?
6 Has the abuser been sexually abusive to you?
7 Has the abuser used or threatened to use a weapon against you? Can you describe the incident/s? Do you think he may use a weapon against you?
8 Has the abuser seemed preoccupied or obsessed with you (e.g., following you, monitoring your whereabouts, stalking you, very jealous)? Can you describe the behaviour?

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