Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Risk Screening

Firearms are very often a factor in situations of intimate partner violence (IPV). A female victim of domestic abuse is five times more likely to die if her abuser has access to a gun. Every month, an average of 70 women are killed by an intimate partner using a gun. Thus, screening for firearm access is incredibly important when screening for intimate partner violence.

These resources provide a number of guidelines, sample questions, and checklists when screening patients for access to firearms and presence of intimate partner violence.

The Danger Assessment is an instrument that helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. The tool was originally developed by Jacquelyn Campbell (1986) with consultation and content validity support from battered women, shelter workers, law enforcement officials, and other clinical experts on battering. There are two parts to the tool: a calendar and a 20-item scoring instrument. More information can be found at

myPlan is a free and secure app designed by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to help with safety planning if someone is experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship. Advocates and healthcare providers can use myPlan to work with clients and patients to assess their situations, discuss individualized safety plans, and provide referrals.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please text or call 988.

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