Monday, April 23, 2018

Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST)

Abuse Test: Woman Abuse Screening Tool

This abuse test, the Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST), is used primarily in doctor’s offices to help determine if the woman is in an abusive relationship. The WAST specifically screens for verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual and is considered by researchers to be fairly reliable in assessing domestic violence.

Use the abuse test results to help decide if you need to seek help or see a doctor or other mental health professional to further discuss your relationship.

Instructions: Answer the following questions, then click "score" at the bottom for an interpretation of the results.

1. In general, how would you describe your relationship?

O A lot of tension
O Some tension
O No tension

2. Do you and your partner work out arguments with:

O Great difficulty
O Some difficulty
O No difficulty

3. Do arguments ever result in you feeling down or bad about yourself?

O Often
O Sometimes
O Never

4. Do arguments ever result in hitting, kicking or pushing?

O Often
O Sometimes
O Never

5. Do you ever feel frightened by what your partner says or does?

O Often
O Sometimes
O Never

6. Has your partner ever abused you physically?


7. Has your partner ever abused you emotionally?

O Often
O Sometimes
O Never

Quiz Results
Your score: 7.00 out of 17.00 (41.18%)
Passing score: 0.00 (0.00%)
Elapsed time: 03:07

Quiz Message
Scoring Abuse Test:

over 17: (not abusive)

15-17: (potentially abusive)

under 15: (abusive relationship)

If you answered Question 1 with "a lot of tension" and Question 2 with "great difficulty," there is a likelihood you are in an abusive relationship. If any Questions 3-8 were answered with "often" or "sometimes," those are additional indications that you are in an abusive relationship.

No matter what your score, if you have a concern about your or your children’s safety or any relationship you are in, you might find it helpful to join a support group, talk with someone at your local battered women’s shelter or women’s center. Call your county social services or police department. You can also consult with your doctor or therapist. The important thing is to seek help.

Please print out your Women Abuse Screening Tool (WAST) test and score and share it with your doctor, therapist or anyone else you wish to share it with.

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