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Safety Issue 9:
Determining your partner’s LETHALITY

If you are in an abusive relationship, it is not possible to guarantee that you or your children will remain safe. Therefore, it is extremely important to determine how dangerous a partner is and to have a Safety Plan ready.

It is important to consider the possibility of lethality, or your risk of death, if you are in an abusive relationship. Without effective intervention or strategic planning, domestic violence can become increasingly severe and in some cases result in homicide. It is true that all batterers are dangerous, but some are more likely to kill than others. Furthermore, some are more likely to kill at specific times, such as when the victim flees the relationship or takes legal action against the batterer.

There are some indicators that will help you assess a batterer's potential to kill. It is important to consider the following:

Remember, if you print a copy of this material, KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE and away from your abusive partner.