What should I ask?

Always be clear about what you are asking. Possible prompts may include:

  1. Part of my role is to deal with various issues which affect people which include domestic abuse – can you tell me about your relationship?
  2. I have noticed ………which has made me concerned for you.
  3. Are you ever scared of your partner?
  4. Have you felt put down by your partner (ex-partner)?
  5. Has your partner physically threatened or hurt you? Or someone else?
  6. Do you need medical attention now? – If the answer is yes, then this becomes priority. Please seek immediate medical support and suspend further questioning. However – risk should be considered and appropriate action taken if required.