Another day, another mass shooting that began with domestic violence.

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 Tehama County California law enforcement reports shootings at seemingly random locations began in an incident of domestic violence. 
If you are concerned for your well being or someone else, local domestic violence organizations can help with safety planning and risk assessment. An easy and safe way to contact your local domestic violence organization is by calling 1-800-799-SAFE from a work phone or the phone of a neighbor or friend. (Or use a friend’s computer to visit http://thehotline.org.
Some concerns to discuss based on the Danger Assessment Tool developed by Johns Hopkins to help identify cases that present a higher fatality risk:
  • Has your spouse or intimate partner ever threatened you with a weapon?
  • Has your spouse ever threatened to kill you?
  • Do you believe your spouse is capable of killing you?
  • Has your spouse purposefully physically harmed you during pregnancy?
  • Has your spouse forced you to have sex when you did not wish to do so?
  • Has there been increasing violence in the past 12 months?
  • Is your spouse constantly jealous?
  • Has your spouse ever expressed that if s/he can’t have you, no one can?
  • Does your spouse control most of your daily activities?
    • Examples: Who you may speak with? Who you should befriend? When you can see your family? When you may have money? When you may use a car?
  • Does your spouse ever follow you or spy on you, leave threatening messages, or destroy your property?
  • Does your spouse use illegal uppers? Meth, cocaine, speed?
  • Is your spouse drunk daily or nearly every day?

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