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Initial Steps

There are initial steps you can take to limit the risk in these situations (see Table 8-2). First, avoid doing anything to humiliate or incite the person. This individual is probably already feeling desperate and is sending you a signal that he is on the verge of losing control. You want to avoid pushing him over the brink, and you want to do whatever possible to support his regaining judgment and self-control. If he has directly spoken to you about his thoughts of violence, listen to what he has to say. Respond empathetically to his feeling stressed and ask what would help him to feel less desperate. Aggressive confrontation or further humiliation will likely lead to provoking the person and increasing the risk of violence. Obtaining orders of protection tends to backfire, since it places the potential perpetrator’s focus and anger even more intently on the person who took out the order.

A key part of any safety plan is keeping the target out of harm’s way. Make sure that the person making the threat and the potential victims stay apart.


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