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Recognizing Violence

 

Recognizing when you need help,

having the heroic courage to

reach out and ask for help.

Serene Harbor is here for you.

Call For HelpDanger Assessment
Call For Help!Serene Harbor’s primary service area is the southern half of Brevard County Florida. Serene Harbor’s can be reached by calling the 24-hour help line, 321-726-8282. You can find the help that you need anytime, day or night by calling this number.If you live outside Brevard County, call 800-799-SAFE (7233) to talk to an advocate at the domestic violence shelter in your area.If you are in physical danger, call 911 to reach the police.When you call Serene Harbor, an advocate will help you evaluate the degree of danger that exists in the relationship and help you prepare a safety plan to address your immediate need. Sometimes it’s difficult to realize the danger because you’ve coped so well for so long. However, it is vital that you call early when you suspect abuse so that you can come up with a safety plan to reduce the abuser’s opportunity to hurt you and your family.If you are calling Serene Harbor on behalf of a friend who may be a survivor, we encourage you to call early when you first suspect danger. The sooner a safety plan can be put in place the better!
Danger AssessmentWhen you call the Serene Harbor Hotline it is most likely that the following questions will be asked. We ask these question to help assess the degree of danger that exists in the relationship. This is not a graded test and there is no perfect asnwers to the test. Your responses to the questions can be used along with the advocate’s experience and intuition to determine the likelihood of an attack. Once a danger assessment is made, you can work with a Serene Harbor advocate to develop an appropriate safety plan.

 

1. What is the current mood of the abuser? Angry? Hostile? Depressed? Enraged?

2. Is the abuser ever known to have unpredictable, violent mood changes?

3. Does the abuser currently have weapons or quick access to them?

4. Is there a history of violence against people, besides the intimate partner and children (especially past relationships)?

5. Does the abuser ever brag about having killed or mutilated someone in the past?

6. Does the abuser ever “act out” in front of others?

7. Does the abuser ever attack children?

8. What are the current expectations of the abuser (is the victim expected to pick them up from work, be at home when the abuser calls, etc.)?

9. Does the abuser ever do the “unexpected”

(leave work early, call at odd times)?

10. List any current stalking behavior: (phone harassment, following the survivor, Internet stalking, searching everywhere for the victim).

11. Has the survivor recently left your shared dwelling?

12. If you’re not living together, was there a recent break-up?

13. Does the abuser currently believe the children are being “hidden” or taken away from them?

14. Does the abuser currently have the children and is the abuser known to have suicidal thoughts or behaviors?

15. Does the abuser display current violent behavior to other people’s or the survivor’s property?

16. Is the abuser currently holding belongings “hostage” to get the victim to survivor out of hiding or return? (e.g. children’s toys, money, clothing, valued possessions.)

17. Is there currently unusual credit card or bank account activity?

18. Is the abuser currently trying to locate the survivor by saying there is death in family, claiming that children are hurt, or threatening suicide?

19. Have you recently initiated any protective actions like applying for an Injunction for Protection, of filing divorce papers?

 

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