For instances of domestic violence or sexual assault, survivors should first be given resources relating to their safety needs, prior to being surveyed with a VI-SPDAT. Advocates can refer to 2-1-1 during business hours, or 800-799-SAFE after normal business hours. It is a survivor's choice whether or not to access these resources.
OneHome and DV advocates have a process by which to administer the VI-SPDAT once the survivor is in a safe situation. If a survivor is connected with a DV shelter that administers the VI-SPDAT, the DV shelter should be the one that surveys the survivor. They have a process by which to ensure participant confidentiality and safety via Coordinated Entry.