Families and Domestic Violence

Module Sections:

Eight Stages of Escalation

Eight Stages of Escalation

Although the interventions may be helpful in a violent situation, please remember to keep yourself and other family members safe by taking precautions before visiting the clients in their home. Rey (1996) suggests bringing a co-worker with you on a home visit if you feel a particular risk of danger. Before going on a home visit, you should always inform your supervisor of your destination, route, time of departure and expected return to the office.

Lastly, below is a list of physical signs that a client is likely to display before assaulting you (Brasic & Fogleman, 1999):

  • Clenched jaw
  • Chanting
  • Demanding immediate attention
  • Flared nostrils
  • Flushed face
  • Hands clenched or gripping
  • Hostility
  • Excitement/Overactive
  • Intoxication with alcohol or drugs
  • Loud or shouting
  • Pacing, sudden movements, or restlessness
  • Pointing
  • Slamming objects or pushing furniture
  • Widened eyes or staring eyes

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