Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Mental Health

Helping Clients Who Are Being Abused: Statistical risk factors

Pay attention to factors that indicate a higher statistical risk of domestic homicide. The main risk factors are not psychological, but concrete and behavioral:

The absence of these risk factors does not indicate absence of risk, but their presence means the danger must be taken very seriously. Never make statements, to the victim or anyone else, that minimize the abuser’s potential to inflict serious injury, or indicate that he is no longer dangerous, even if his past offenses have been relatively “low-level.”