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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.

Adverse Childhood Experience Quiz

The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) quiz helps you tally different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Research originally conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente in the mid-1990s found that the greater the number of ACEs the greater the risk for negative outcomes related to health, behavior and opportunity. If you score high when taking the quiz, you may want to read the article, "Because of the Adversity I Faced in Childhood, There's Nothing I Can't Do."

Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment

ODARA is an actuarial risk assessment designed to be used by professionals that calculates how a man who has assaulted his female partner ranks among similar perpetrators with respect to the likelihood that he will assault a female partner again in the future. Each of the 13 items on the test is scored 0 or 1. The total score is simply the sum of the items and an outcome that predicts on a percentage basis the likelihood of assault that comes to the attention of police.

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