Spot the Signs

Domestic Homicides are the most predictable and preventable of all homicides. They share a pattern of risk factors that can be detected if we know what to look for and if the right questions are asked.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of us, from abused women themselves to justice system and healthcare professionals are not educated on the warning signs and the common risk factors for domestic violence and murder. We often do not know what services are available to abused women, how to access those services or that safety planning is often critical to surviving separation from an abusive partner.

Recognizing the warning signs for domestic violence and spotting the most common risk factors for domestic homicides are important steps towards prevention. Learning how to talk to men who are abusive and how you can identify and help women at risk of abuse are things we all can do to help. Making it our business to know where to access resources in our own communities, especially safety planning information and then spreading the word is the most critical thing each of us can do to prevent violence against women and save lives.

PDF Brochures available for download and distribution through social media, as links on websites or for printing and prominently displaying in grocery stores, drugstores, post offices, banks, workplaces, healthcare settings such as dental or medical offices, retail stores, community centers, places of worship or any other place frequented by abused women or their friends, neighbors, family members or colleagues.

Domestic Violence Interview Guide for Lawyers (PDF)
Spot The Signs – Before Someone Dies(PDF)
How to talk to men who are abusive(PDF)
How you can identify and help women at risk of abuse(PDF)
Safety planning for women who are abused(PDF)

If you would like Jocelyn to adapt any of the Domestic Violence Interview Guides (above) for your jurisdiction and specific profession, and/or community, by having us add your logo and colour scheme, she would be pleased to do so for a reasonable fee, depending on the extent of the changes.


Domestic Homicide Think Tank, London, Ontario, 2008. Co-chaired by Dr. Peter Jaffe & Dr. Myrna Dawson, University of Western Ontario.