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About the DASH Risk Identification Checklist (RIC)

In 2012, the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Children's and Adults Safeguarding Boards endorsed the DASH (2009) as the preferred common risk assessment tool for use by professionals.

It is designed to be used for those suffering current rather than historic domestic abuse and ideally would be used close in time to the last incident of abuse that somebody has suffered.

The Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Harassment and Honour Based Violence Risk Assessment Checklist (DASH) is used to identify the level of risk experienced by victims, to enable professionals to manage that risk as appropriately and swiftly as possible.

In addition to appropriate referral to specialist domestic abuse services, high-risk victims may be referred to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). By determining whether a victim is at risk of immediate harm or homicide, professionals are able to work together to safeguard the victim and their family.

The DASH 2009 is an evidenced-based tool, drawn from extensive research by leading academics in the field of domestic homicides, 'near misses' and lower level incidents and has been developed nationally to provide a consistent and practical tool to practitioners working with victims of domestic abuse to help them identify those who are at high risk.

To learn more about completing the DASH: