When someone is experiencing domestic abuse, it’s vital to make an accurate and fast assessment of the danger they’re in, so they can get the right help as quickly as possible. Our DASH risk assessment is a tried and tested way to understand a persons risk. DASH stands for domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence. The questions are based on extensive research of domestic abuse.

Who is it for? Who can use it?
The DASH risk assessment can be used for all intimate partner relationships, including LGBT+ relationships, as well as for ’honour’-based violence and family violence. It is intended for professionals – both specialist domestic violence workers, such as Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA’s), and other professionals working for mainstream services such as the Police. It aims to provide a uniform understanding of risk across professions.

How does it work?
The simple series of questions makes it easy to work out the risk someone is facing, and what they might need to become safe. A high score means the victim is at high risk of murder and/or serious harm and needs urgent help. These people will get help from an IDVA, and all the relevant local agencies should come together at a MARAC meeting to make a plan to make the person safe.

The DASH cannot replace vital professional judgement. It cannot replace the need for training. It is guidance.