Are you in danger? Take this risk assessment test.

A terrified young woman in an underground parking garage being followed by a sinister man

“She says he was nice, at first, but red flags popped up almost immediately, things that she pushed aside, hoping she could help him through. He had just gotten out of a relationship with a woman who was a heroin addict. She had left him with their two young children, a 2-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. Kate says he didn’t seem all that attached to his children, or affectionate, something that struck her as troublesome.”

Thanks to Domestic Shelters for this invaluable information and tools.

Domestic Violence Assessment Tools

The Danger Assessment

The free Danger Assessment helps determine the level of danger an abused person has of being killed by an intimate partner. There are two parts to the tool: 1) a calendar and 2) a 20-item scoring instrument. The calendar helps to assess severity and frequency of abuse, and is helps raise the consciousness of the victim and reduce the denial and minimization of the abuse. The 20-item scoring instrument uses a weighted system to score yes/no responses to risk factors associated with intimate partner homicide. It is available in multiple languages and offers a separate assessment tool (the “DA-1) for immigrant women.


Using a series of questions, each weighed by MOSAIC in relation to their importance, this free tool  assesses how similar a situation is to other situations that have gotten worse. After creating a confidential account and answering the questions, a detailed report is compiled immediately and tells you how a situation compares to others like it, rating it on a scale of 1 to 10. MOSAIC has been used by U.S. Supreme Court police to assess threats against Justices, by the U.S. Capitol Police to assess threats against members of Congress and by police protecting governors of 11 states, though now its widest use is in assessing cases of domestic violence.

Click on “Free Tool” above to access this valuable resource.

Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP)

SHARP is a 15-minute online assessment that is free and confidential. Within about a minute of completing the assessment, participants receive a narrative summarizing their situation and steps they may want to consider to improve their safety. SHARP is useful for both victims of stalking and professionals assisting victims. It is consistent with general legal components of stalking statutes and was developed collaboratively with professionals in the field as well as victims, including attorneys, victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement, and organizations such as the Battered Women’s Justice Project and the Stalking Resource Center.

Click on “15 minute online assessment” above to evaluate whether you are being stalked.

About lazeejjs

Jonathan McCormick holds a Black Belt in Combat Martial Arts. He is a U.S Marine (Inactive), trained with famed CIA operative Rex Applegate and Ultimate Fighter Champion Royce Gracie and was the director of the Institute of Defense Tactics. He is a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and worked with members of various law enforcement agencies in the areas of suspect control and officer safety. He has written for law enforcement magazines BlueLine ( and Twenty-Four-Seven and has been a guest writer for the Vancouver Province. “Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives. View the Series
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1 Response to Are you in danger? Take this risk assessment test.

  1. Some of the answers to these questions may seem like no brainers but for a woman or teen being abused, it is often difficult for them to understand that violence is not okay regardless of the words out of his mouth,
    ____ 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?
    (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, “meth”, 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, 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
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