To gauge the risk of intimate partner violence, a conversational approach allows the clinician to utilize patient-specific language and better attend to the emotional aspects of discussing this sensitive topic. The goal of this assessment should be to develop a sense of whether the patient’s safety is at risk, and whether the patient is potentially minimizing issues of safety.
- Are you or your partner experiencing any symptoms of sadness or depression?
- Do you now or have you ever had a problem with alcohol or drug use?
- Have you ever felt like your partner needed to cut down on his or her drinking?
- Has your partner ever abused prescription or street drugs during your relationship?
- Are you unhappy in your relationship, or feel you and your partner aren’t “very good” for each other?
- Do you or your partner have any past history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or other instances that were very upsetting?
- Do you and your partner often have verbal fights, including things like insulting or threatening each other?
- Have you and your partner ever had a physical fight?
- Has your partner ever forced or pressured you to have sex when you didn’t want to?
Bannon, S. M., & Salwen-Deremer, J. K. (2018). Evidence-based assessment of intimate partner violence in community settings. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 44, 3–6.