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Domestic Violence Questionnaire

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About you

Are you male female

Age range

Where do you live?

if other, please specify

Are you
other, please specify

If you are a victim or survivor of abuse

What types of abuse have you/do you suffer? (please tick all which apply)

Physical abuse Verbal abuse
Sexual abuse Financial abuse
Emotional/psychological abuse Spiritual abuse

If you have suffered any other form of abuse, please specify

Specific questions on types of abuse experienced:

If you have suffered Physical Abuse please tick the options that apply:

What sorts of physical assault have you experienced?

pushing or shoving causing NO injury

pushing or shoving causing injury (eg bruising)

hitting, slapping or punching causing NO injury

hitting, slapping or puching causing injury


pulling your hair

attempted strangulation

using an object to harm or hit you, please specify what

burning you (eg stubbing out cigarette on you, using hot water to scald you, trying to set light to you

hitting your head or body against wall

What part of your body was targeted during the physical assault(s)?

arms and hands
legs and feet
genitalia (eg breast and crotch area for women, crotch area for men)

What sort of injuries have you sustained due to physical assault(s)?

no injuries sustained
bruising or scratching NOT requiring medical intervention
bruising or scratching requiring medical intervention
cuts or gashes NOT requiring medical intervention
cuts or gashes requiring medical intervention
broken bone(s), if so, please state which
burns or scalds
injuries to genital areas, please give details
other injuries, please give details

About the frequency of assaults:

How soon after starting the relationship did the first physical assault take place?

How many times (approx.) have you been physically assaulted?

How many times (approx) were you assaulted BEFORE telling someone?

Have the physical assaults increased, stayed the same or decreased during your relationship?

Did the physical abuse start:

Have you ever tried defending yourself from a physical assault?

If you have suffered Sexual Abuse please tick the options that apply:

What sorts of sexual abuse have you experienced?

rape (vaginal) forced to watch/use pornography
anal rape (buggery) having sexually explicit photos taken of you
rape using an object excessive sexual jealousy (accusing you of infidelity)
forced prostitution calling you sexually derogarory names
forced sexual act excluding penetration criticising you sexually
forcing sex after physical assault withholding sex or
forced sex when you are ill or tired or incapacitated making sex conditional (on your behaviour, on taking part in sexual acts you don't want to, etc)

Any other forms of sexual abuse you have experienced?

If you have been raped, did your abuser use:

coercion (eg threats, accusing you of infidelity, not allowing you to sleep, saying to don't love him/her, etc)

only enough force to hold you in place but not enough to physically injure you

violence, ie force causing you injury

a weapon (eg a knife, etc)

About the frequency of sexual abuse:

How soon after starting the relationship did the first sexual abuse take place?

How many times (approx.) have you been sexually abused?

How many times (approx) were you sexually abused BEFORE telling someone?

Has the sexual abuse increased, stayed the same or decreased during your relationship?

If you have been raped, did you recognise it as rape at the time of the incident?

Have you sustained any injuries/diseases/pregnancy etc as a result of the sexual abuse?

sustained physical injury in genital area (bruising, tearing, etc)

sustained physical injury to breasts

sustained physical injury to other part of body

caught sexually transmitted disease

infection (skin, urinary tract, etc)

got pregnant

other, please give details

Domestic Abuse and Children

Do/did you have any children while with the abuser?

Is the abuser the other biological parent of the child/children?

How many children did you have while in the abusive relationship?

Did the children witness (heard or saw) any abuse on you from your partner?

If so, what sort of abuse? (please give details, eg physical assault, shouting, sexual assault, etc)

Where the children abused by your partner?

If so, what sort of abuse did your children suffer? (space for comments)

verbal abuse
emotional abuse
physical abuse NOT requiring medical treatment
physical abuse requiring medical treatment
sexual abuse

Have you ever been injured as a result of trying to protect your children?

If you are seperated from your abusive partner, do your children still have contact with him/her?

General Questions for ALL abuse types

What is/was your relationship to the abuser at the time of the abuse?

if family member or other, please specify

Is your abuser male or female?

Are you still living with or in close contact with your abuser?

yes no sometimes

How long have you been/were you in an abusive relationship?

How long had/have you been in an abusive relationship before confiding in someone?

About Support available

If you are still in an abusive relationship, have you confided in anyone?

yes no

if yes, whom have you told about the abuse?

Both current victims and survivors:

Of the following, how would you rate the help and support you have received?

Not sure
No contact
DV Organisation
Church Leader
Social Services

How long had the abuse been ongoing before you contacted an official body (eg Police, Refuge, Social Services)?

About Hidden Hurt

How did you come across Hidden Hurt?

How do you rate the information on Hidden Hurt?

Are there any topics which you feel have not been adequately covered in Hidden Hurt, or any other issues you would like to see on Hidden Hurt?

If you are happy for us to quote some of your experiences on Hidden Hurt, please tick this box.

Any other comments?

Please remember:
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Thank you for taking the time to fill in the questionnaire. Your feedback is appreciated!


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Recommended Reading:

Lundy Bancroft has written what is probably the most comprehensive and readable book on domestic violence, the beliefs of the abuser and the dynamics of abuse. This truly is a MUST READ for anyone seriously trying to understand domestic abuse and how to cope with an abusive relationship:

To order in the US: Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

To order in the UK: Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Living with the Dominator by Pat Craven is the book to accompany the Freedom Programme in the UK. This book should be compulsory in schools - the information is so clear and so obvious and such an eye-opener! After studying domestic violence issues for years, this is the one book which finally enabled me to click it all into place and answer all my whys. Just read it:

To order in the US: Living With the Dominator (Kindle version only - and well worth buying a Kindle just to get this book!)

To order in the UK: Living with the Dominator: A Book About the Freedom Programme: 1

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UK National Domestic Violence Freephone number 0808 2000 247

Full of practical advice from someone with extensive experience in the field of domestic violence, this is strongly recommended for all collections. discusses the indicators of an abusive relationship; its effects on children and teens; substance abuse; how the workplace, medical, and religious communities can help; treatment programs for batterers; antiburnout tips for helpers; and advice on living underground. Frequently used as basic coursebook:

To order in the US: When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse

To order in the UK: WHEN VIOLENCE BEGINS AT HOME Fully Revised Second Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse

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