Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Abuse and Power Imbalance

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All collaborative professionals should be aware of the possibility of abuse issues in every file and with every client. It is important to screen for the possibility of Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Abuse and/or Power Imbalance during new client intake, and to be aware that you may only recognize its presence after a file has commenced. Completing DV/IPV training is not compulsory in order to practice as a collaborative professional, but it is strongly recommended.

The OACP has gathered several documents to assist and guide you at a preliminary level. It is the hope that being aware will help you to recognize when an issue may exist so you can make a plan and take actions necessary to minimize risk within the collaborative process. There should always be a family professional working as part of the team if there is a possibility of Intimate Partner Violence.

The OACP has provided a short summary of Protocols: OACP DV IPV Protocols 02-25-20

The Department of Justice has shared an Initial Screening Tool, prepared by Luke’s Place: DOJ DV Paper Appendix B re Screening

Process Design offered by the Mediation Training Centre: If this then that CP DV

A Department of Justice article, prepared by Luke’s Place, on the use of family violence screening tools: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You DOJ DV Paper