Assessing for domestic violence is a continuous process to ensure the safety of children and the adult victim. This page contains information and resources on assessing for domestic violence, assessing a child's exposure to violence, assessing the alleged perpetrator, and determining the safety and risk of children, youth, and families affected by domestic violence.
- Assessing domestic violence in the family
- Assessing child exposure to domestic violence
- Assessing safety, risk, and the alleged perpetrator
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Provides a range of supports to those implementing evidence-based programs, practices, and policies to reduce violence and promote positive youth development.
Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare Professional: Tips for Assessment (PDF - 85 KB)
Capacity Building Center for States (2017)
Discusses domestic violence assessments for determining family dynamics, patterns of abuse, lethality, and the safety needs of child and adult survivors. The tip sheet also suggests the use of assessments to test coercive control, parenting abilities, risk, impact on survivors, and protective efforts.
Domestic Violence Evidence Project
Highlights tools and resources that can inform domestic violence prevention work and provide strategies for evaluating domestic and sexual violence organizations.
Moving Toward Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Domestic Violence Organizations (PDF - 1,597 KB)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2016)
Presents a series of questions to help organizations in the field of domestic violence consider their resources and needs and assess the evaluation capacity of their programs based on a continuum, ranging from well supported (evidence based) to harmful (has a negative effect on those they serve).
What Can Be Done About High-Risk Perpetrators of Domestic Violence?
Juodis, Starzomski, Porter, & Woodworth (2015)
Journal of Family Violence, 29(4)
Explains implications for preventing lethal and nonlethal domestic violence based on research of perpetrators of domestic homicide.