Risk Assessment – Free Online Tools

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One of the best things I suggest to readers here is evaluate their situation and find precisely what the risks are if faced with threats, abuse, or simply experiencing strange interactions with a questionable person.
Although we can never predict what a stalker, psychopath or domestic abuser may do, we can at least discover their potential. There are a few ways to accomplish this.

I found a great book titled The Gift of Fear, written by Gavin de Becker. It is absolutely one of the best books I have read related to the subject of stalking and the psychopath.
The book spent four months on the New York Times Best Seller List and is published in 13 languages. In my opinion, it is THE book we should read, even if you don’t have a stalker or psychopath (yet). It is not just any book on stalking and domestic abuse. Plus, it is extremely affordable.
Gavin de Becker is THE SPECIALIST when it comes to stalking, harassment and personal safety. If you take a look at his website, you will find he most definitely has the credentials, experience, clients and the organization to back him up.
If you can afford the $10,000 retainer (minimum), his people can help you with a relocation program similar to the witness protection program (but better I imagine). I called them years ago when I was desperate for a solution and nearly fell off my chair when they told me how their program works. I have to admit that to the average person, that is a lot of dough to cough up, so his service is out of reach for most people.
Saying that, his website has a number of resources, some available for purchase, some articles that are no-charge to read. The main reason why I am suggesting that you check further into Gavin de Becker’s website is that he has developed an awesome online risk assessment tool for anyone affected by stalking, harassment and domestic violence.
It is called MOSAIC, and is used by law enforcement and threat assessment professionals around the world. The best thing is, it is FREE!
When I performed the assessment, my personal stalker situation scored an 8 out of 10. The test results indicated to me that my particular situation appeared most similar to cases that -have- worsened and escalated. A score of 10 being assigned to the worst situations, the report goes on to talk about how some similar cases have escalated to include worsening abuse, substantial violence, and even homicide.
The story of Nicole Brown, who was murdered by O.J. Simpson, was provided as an example in my report. In that situation, there was no justice for Nicole or her family. The best thing she could have done was completely relocate and remain hidden.
So since my situation of having a psychopathic stalker carries a high risk to me (and my loved ones), I have taken the suggestions and advice provided in my report to enhance our safety and wellbeing. Hence, here we are, far, far, far away geographically from my stalker, in another country.
Remember that the more tools in your toolbox, the easier it is to troubleshoot the problem.
You may come to the conclusion that it just isn’t fixable and decide the best thing to do is leave and remain hidden until the perpetrator is either incercerated, or better yet, dead.
Another assessment that you can find online and print off is called the Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment. Although it may not be as cool or sophisticated as the MOSAIC tool, it is interesting to note that the assessment asks you to plot down the occasions of abuse or danger on a calendar. If you are not in the habit of documenting things or record keeping such events in a safe place, maybe it could be a good time to start.
There are a few tools than can be utilized to record and monitor the stalker or psychopath and their behaviour. An event journal is one of them. Going digital is another great idea. You may need your evidence accessible from the internet at any given moment, especially if it has been lost, damaged or stolen. Best to be prepared and ready! I talk more about how to do that in my post Get The Records Straight.
For any of you who have utilized the MOSAIC tool, did you find it helpful? Were you surprised at the results of your assessment?

Until next time… keep safe and sane…

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