Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Mental Health

Red flags

Pay attention to the following red flags for domestic violence, some of which may conflict with what the client says:

Remember that domestic violence is not just a heterosexual phenomenon. Lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGTB) clients may also be abused, and will more easily disclose if they perceive you as accepting of their sexual orientation. Use inclusive language in your screening. Avoid gender-specific pronouns and say ‘partner’ until you know how the client refers to their partner.