Part B of the DVSAT is the Professional Judgement piece – this means your own interpretation of the clients situation based on historical evidence or current interpretation. It is important to back up your interpretations with evidence and to document in third person without bias. Professional judgement can ‘upgrade’ risk level, but it can never ‘downgrade’ risk level.
- How fearful is the client of their partner – this includes options between: not afraid, afraid, terrified, unable to answer.
- What concerns did the client express? What did the client think the partner might do and to whom?
- Do you believe any children in the household are at risk of harm? If yes, what action have you taken? Confirm you have met your mandatory reporting obligations.
- Are you aware of any other additional factors, circumstances or details which make you believe overall there is a threat or serious threat to the safety of the client and/or children?
- Consider issues such as the client’s situation in relation to disability, substance misuse, mental health issues, cultural/ language barriers; whether they are willing to engage with a support service; whether the perpetrator’s occupation or interests has given them unique access to weapons, or if there is involvement with CFS.
Part B is designed for intimate and non-intimate partner violence situations.