Will He Kill Me If I Try To Leave? A Tool To Assess Your Danger

Posted by Delaine - December 29, 2010 - Abuse, Surviving - No Comments

According to security expert Gavin de Becker, who was a recent guest on Oprah, six women die every day in the United States by the hands of their spouse or boyfriend. When is an abused woman at her greatest risk? When she attempts to leave him. And Becker wants women to know that a FREE online tool is immediately available to them to help them predict how likely their husbands are to attack, if not kill them.

Developed by a team of experts in psychology, law enforcement, mental health, victims advocacy, prosecution, and threat assignment, MOSAIC is the name of this online assessment tool. It involves women answering an in-depth check-list to which a broad set of answers are available ( not ‘yes’ or ‘no’ type answers). Results are then provided on a scale from 1 – 10, 10 being the most dangerous, as well as a report describing the factors considered. Users identities are totally protected.

Becker says, “Mosaic works by breaking a situation down factor-by-factor, like pieces of a puzzle, and then seeing what picture emerges when you put them together. It brings attention to factors and combinations of factors that might otherwise go unnoticed.”

The report women receive at the end of the assessment will NOT tell women what to do. Becker stresses that if any woman needs to leave, she should call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE and visit their website at http://www.thehotline.org/. The staff at this organization know what they’re doing, and no matter how scared and overwhelmed you may feel, they can know how to help and take care of important details like what to do with your pets or retrieve money from bank accounts.

Becker’s advice on how to safely leave a violent situation with children