The Danger Assessment in Action in Maryland

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Johns Hopkins University School of Education

6740 Alexander Bell Drive

Room 211

Columbia, MD 21046

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The Danger Assessment in Action in Maryland


Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell PhD, RN, FAAN


Attendees of this full-day Danger Assessment (DA) training are eligible to become certified in use of the DA after completion of a post test. Dr. Campbell provides background information on femicide in the United States and in the state where the training is offered, offers an overview of risk prediction, and reports on the findings from her Femicide Risk Study (published in AJPH in 2003). The purpose of the study was to identify risk factors for Intimate Partner Femicide, over and above domestic violence. The results Dr. Campbell presents from the study also include information on the individual risk factors on the Danger Assessment. Dr. Campbell explains how the DA was developed as well as how to administer the Danger Assessment and the scoring system and her recommendations for tailoring safety planning, depending on the score and on the risk factors present in the woman’s case.

The afternoon includes an interactive practice session, and other content tailored to the audience. (This may include risk assessment in healthcare settings, use of the DA-I with immigrant women, use of the DA-R for women in intimate relationships with other women, &/or small group work to develop agency protocol to use with DA. The afternoon can also include some data from women who have used the DA and what difference it made, plus some evidence on protective actions that helped decrease repeat abuse.)


  • Describe importance of lethality assessment in battering relationships
  • Describe currently used Domestic Violence risk and lethality assessment instruments
  • Describe process of lethality assessment using the Danger Assessment
  • Describe data supporting validity of the Danger Assessment
  • Identify means of scoring the Danger Assessment and levels of risk
  • Describe process of safety planning based on use of the Danger Assessment
  • Describe issues for children in families when there is an Intimate Partner homicide
  • Describe overlap of child abuse and implications for risk assessment
  • Simulate use of the Danger Assessment
  • Develop protocol for use of the Danger Assessment

How much is the training?

There is NO COST to attend this training; however, in order to receive certification, there will be a $25 fee that can be paid after attending the training.

Who Should Attend?

Any professional that works directly with domestic violence survivors, their children, or abusers:

  • Domestic Violence Service Providers (Shelter Staff, Advocates, Therapists, Abuser Intervention Staff)
  • Government Social Service Employees (Adult Protective Services, Child Welfare, DHS, Supervised Visitation, Juvenile Services)
  • Law Enforcement (Patrol, Supervisors, Probation/Parole, Corrections)
  • Legal/Court (Attorneys, Victim-Witness Specialists, Judges, Clerks)
  • Education (K-12, Campus Disciplinary, Title IX, Faculty)
  • Community-Based (Substance Use Professionals, Immigration, Transitional Housing)
  • Health Care (Nurses, Physicians, Community Health Advocates, Mental Health Providers)
  • Faith/Religious Leaders

What’s the content level for this training?

  • Basic: For professionals just beginning their work with survivors, or who have not had much training on working with survivors. (0-2 years’ experience)
  • Intermediate: For professionals who have a basic understanding of best practices for working with survivors. (2-5 years’ experience)


How do I become Danger Assessment certified?

In order to become certified, after the training participants will need to go online to, create an account, pay a $25 fee online by credit card, and complete a post-test.

Is parking available?

Yes. Parking is free and available to all participants on site.

Do I need to print the Eventbrite ticket?

No – once you receive a confirmation email, you are registered and do not need to print your ticket.

Is food available?

No, lunch will be on your own. There is a small cafe in the 1st floor of the building.

Is this location handicap-accessible?


Will printed handouts be available?

Yes, PowerPoints and handouts will be printed and available for participants.

What is your cancellation policy?

MNADV understands that sometimes life gets in the way. If you need to cancel your registration, please do so at least 48 hours in advance, as many of our trainings have a waitlist. To cancel, please email

I can’t make it anymore, but my colleague can. Can this person take my place?

No - please cancel your registration and have your colleague register on their own so they receive any email instructions prior to the training.

What happens if there is inclement weather the day of the training?

In case of inclement weather, MNADV will reach out to registrants at least 24 hours in advance and will make every effort to reschedule the training in the future.

For any further questions or concerns, please contact Lauren Dougherty, Project Coordinator for The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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