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    Danger Assessment Tool for Domestic Abuse

    Predicts risk of death by an intimate partner (IP) in a violent intimate relationship.
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    Use in female patients presenting to the emergency department after assault by an intimate partner or former partner.

    Ask the patient:
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1

    Result:

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    Advice

    Patients not meeting high risk criteria should still be fully informed of the risk of repeat violence and given resources such as informational material and hotline numbers.

    Formula

    Addition of the selected points. Ask the patient:

    Questions

    Points

    Has the physical violence increased in frequency or severity over the past 6 months?

    No

    0

    Yes

    1

    Have they ever used a weapon or threatened you with a weapon?

    No

    0

    Yes

    1

    Do you believe they are capable of killing you?

    No

    0

    Yes

    1

    Have you ever been beaten by them while you were pregnant?

    No

    0

    Yes

    1

    Are they violently and constantly jealous of you?

    No

    0

    Yes

    1


    Facts & Figures

    Interpretation:

    Danger Assessment Score

    Risk of potentially lethal assault by IP

    <3

    Low

    ≥3

    High*

    *83% sensitive for lethal or potentially lethal assaults (defined as actions by the abuser that had the potential to kill but did not, such as use of a knife or gun, choking (strangulation), attempted murder, and burning) (Snider 2009).

    Dr. Carolyn Snider

    About the Creator

    Carolyn Snider, MD, MPH, FRCPC, is an emergency physician with the Winnipeg Health Region and a scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She is also an associate professor at the University of Manitoba and founded the Emergency Department Violence Intervention Program (EDVIP) there. Dr. Snider’s primary research is focused on trauma care, youth violence, and intimate partner violence.

    To view Dr. Carolyn Snider's publications, visit PubMed