Resources for identifying the risk victims face

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 checklist is a tried and tested way to understand risk. Dash stands for domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence. It is based on research about the indicators of high-risk domestic abuse.

Who is it for? Who can use it?
The Dash risk checklist can be used for all intimate partner relationships, including LGBT relationships, as well as for ’honour’-based violence and family violence. It is primarily intended for professionals – both specialist domestic violence workers such as Idvas and other professionals working for mainstream services. There is a specific police version of the risk checklist, which is used by most police forces in England and Wales.   

How does it work?
The simple series of questions makes it easy to work out the risk a victim is facing. A high score means the victim is at high risk of murder and/or serious harm and needs urgent help. These victims should get help from an Idva, and all the relevant local agencies should come together at a Marac meeting to make a plan to make them safe. The Dash risk checklist is available in several languages, as is guidance on how to use the tool.

Is it different to the Caada Dash risk identification checklist (Ric)?
No. While the name and look of the form have been updated to reflect our new identity, its purpose and contents – including the 24 questions and the thresholds for referral to Marac - remain the same. For more information on the research base behind the Dash risk checklist, please read our FAQs. Or you may want to watch the SafeLives video: An introduction to risk identification in domestic abuse cases.