Domestic Violence Screening Quiz

Use this brief screening measure to help you determine if you might need to see a mental health or other social services professional to help you successfully deal with a domestic violence or abusive relationship situation.


Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might be involved in an abusive relationship that needs attention. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.


I am a year old / /

1. Do you feel anxious or nervous when you are around your partner?

2. Do you watch what you are doing in order to avoid making your partner angry or upset?

3. Do you feel obligated or coerced into having sex with your partner?

4. Are you afraid of voicing a different opinion than your partner?

5. Does your partner criticize you or embarrass you in front of others?

6. Does your partner check up on what you have been doing, and not believe your answers?

7. Is your partner jealous, such as accusing you of having affairs?

8. Does your partner tell you that he or she will stop beating you when you start behaving yourself?

9. Have you stopped seeing your friends or family because of your partner’s behavior?

10. Does your partner’s behavior make you feel as if you are wrong?

11. Does your partner threaten to harm you?

12. Do you try to please your partner rather than yourself in order to avoid being hurt?

13. Does your partner keep you from going out or doing things that you want to do?

14. Do you feel that nothing you do is ever good enough for your partner?

15. Does your partner say that if you try to leave him or her, you will never see your children again?

16. Does your partner say that if you try to leave, he or she will kill himself or herself or you?

17. Is there always an excuse for your partner’s behavior? (“The alcohol or drugs made me do it! My job is too stressful! If dinner was on time I wouldn’t have hit you! I was just joking!”)

18. Do you lie to your family, friends and doctor about your bruises, cuts and scratches?



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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Domestic Violence Screening Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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