Dash risk checklist for Scotland

This resource provides guidance and versions of the Dash risk checklist that have been adapted for use in Scotland, including English and Gaelic versions

This resource was updated in 2019 following the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 which enabled behaviours that constitute coercive control to be included in a new Section 1 Domestic Abuse offence.

The Dash risk checklist is used by Idvas and other frontline professionals in the United Kingdom to identify risks when domestic abuse, ‘honour’- based violence and/or stalking are disclosed.

There are 24 questions within the Scottish Dash risk checklist that have been developed in line with extensive research of domestic abuse.

The aim of the Scottish Dash risk checklist is to provide a consistent and simple tool for practitioners who work with adult victims of current domestic abuse to identify those who are at high risk of harm and whose cases should be referred to Marac.

The guidance provided within this resource for Scotland includes advice on talking to victims about the results of the checklist, and about asking questions about different types of abuse and risk factors. The guidance also provides a list of resources, including local resources in Scotland.

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