Going through a risk assessment with a woman may help her to think
through her situation and make decisions about what she needs to do.
If a woman chooses to remain in the same situation help her to explore
ways of maximising safety. Here are some questions that may help
to assess her current situation.
Has the violence increased in intensity, frequency and severity?
Is the abuser:
- Making verbal threats?
- Threatening to harm or abduct the children?
- Actually harming the children?
- Frequently intoxicated (drugs/alcohol) and more violent when in
Has she attempted or threatened self-harm or suicide?
What is the availability of emotional and practical support (e.g.
What is the availability of alternative safe accommodation if she
does not wish to return home?
The person who is experiencing the violence
is ultimately the only one who can predict the risks she faces and the
likelihood of further violence.
If it is believed that children are at risk, Child Protection
policies and procedures must be adhered to.