Monday, January 24, 2011

Researchers Develop Risk Assessment for Domestic Violence Deaths |

"North Hampton is a Domestic violence fre...Image via WikipediBY SONYA COLBERG
University of Oklahoma researchers collaborate with police and state health professionals to create assessment for domestic violence.

The tool is a screening questionnaire designed for use at domestic violence calls to help police officers, advocates and health care providers assist victims at risk of even further violence. Whenever possible, responders immediately meet the victim and take him or her to a safe place where they ask the questions. The process takes about 60 seconds and works as sort of a triage tool in domestic violence cases.
“This assessment will help first responders recognize a potentially lethal situation and take action,” said Janet Wilson with the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.
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