Screening and Assessment for Relationship Abuse

While homeless youth involved in abusive relationships face similar risks as their teen peers, their status both as youth and as homeless individuals presents unique challenges to service providers. 

As a consequence of these realities, screening and assessment for relationship violence and safety planning become extremely important.

Tools: Screening and assessment for relationship violence

A number of screening and assessment tools have been developed to help RHY agencies explore issues of relationship violence with the youth with whom they are working, and they continue to be refined. Examples include the Universal Abuse and Domestic Violence Screening Tool developed by the Worcester County Health Department, Case Management Unit, the Teen Dating Violence Assessment Questions developed by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) and San Diego Youth & Community Services (SDYCS) and sample assessment questions and tools in included in Addressing Intimate Partner Abuse in Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Practical Guide for Service Providers developed by he Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP).

The HYYP also engaged in thoughtful consideration of when and how such screening should be conducted within RHY programs, and offers the following guidance:

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