Evaluation 8 – When Helping Someone Else, First Determine Their Level of Danger.
Asking the right questions in a crisis situation can be very important to safety and expediting the right care for a family in danger.
Ask these simple questions to help you identify the level of danger in the current situation:
- Can you talk freely?
- Are you safe right now?
- Are your children safe?
- What is going on?
- Is he/she with you right now?
- Do you have any injuries?
- Have you called 9-1-1 for police or medical attention?
- Has he/she threatened you with a weapon?
- Are there weapons in the home?
- Do you have an Order for Protection?
- Do you have a safe place to go right now?
- Do you feel safe to leave?
Based on these answers you need to decide if you need to call 9-1-1, police department or a shelter. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 or a domestic violence shelter in your area 24/7. Make sure to document the number call received on, date & time, Name of the person calling & any contact information. Also make sure to record what you advised for next steps.