DV FATALITY RISK FACTORS

The factors below may help domestic violence victims assess the dangerousness of their abusive partners. It's also important to contact a domestic violence advocate for help in making a personal safety plan.

Caution: Comparing any abuser's behavior to the list below might help victims realize if their safety is at risk. But, the presence or absence of any or all these factors is not a guarantee of lethality or safety. These risk factors are not ranked in any order. Trained domestic violence advocates are available in every county to discuss safety and options.

  • Threats of homicide or suicide
  • Stalking
  • Previous physical assaults
  • Access to firearms
  • Separation/estrangement
  • Strangulation during previous assaults
  • Access to victims
  • Public display of violence toward victim
  • History of sexual violence
  • Destruction of property
  • Jealousy and possessiveness
  • Controlling of victim's daily activities and contacts with others
  • Drug or alcohol consumption
  • Depression
  • Prior calls to police
  • Pet abuse
  • Lack of respect for the law
  • Obsessed with partner or family
  • Intimidation/threats
  • Witnessed intimate partner abuse as a child
  • Acute mental health problems
  • Unemployment
  • Victim has children who are not the abuser's
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