Psychology: Intimate Partner Violence: Recognition and Intervention, 2nd Edition

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Release Date: November 20, 2018
Expiration Date: November 20, 2023

This intermediate-level course presents an overview of intimate partner violence (IPV). Types of IPV, risk factors, and health consequences for victims are described, as well as IPV's effects at various life stages from children to older adults. Screening and assessment strategies are reviewed. Transcultural considerations are addressed, along with working with perpetrators and special populations, such as immigrants, pregnant women, and the LGBTQI community. On a very practical level, the course discusses legal issues, reporting requirements, and necessary documentation when working with victims of IPV. Case vignettes and safety planning worksheets are provided to illustrate key concepts.

Florida - Fulfills domestic violence requirement.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course.

Course Objectives

Recognize the significance and magnitude of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States.

Explain the dynamics of IPV across the life span.

Describe the identification and assessment of IPV in various settings with attention to cultural considerations.

Discuss effective prevention, intervention, safety, and referral strategies when working with victims of IPV.

Explain special concerns when working with victims and perpetrators of IPV including legal concerns and strategies to protect and implement services for victims of IPV.


  • Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP holds undergraduate degrees in Studies in Women and Gender and in Nursing from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a former domestic violence advocate, and her research focuses on the biobehavioral and biological health effects of intimate partner violence. She has a particular interest in genomic and epigenomic changes. Dr. Burton is also a trained qualitative and mixed methodologist and has published articles on intimate partner violence, young women’s health, cultural stressors, social media in nursing, and women’s reproductive health in the context of coercive and controlling relationships.
  • Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PH has earned PhD, MSN, and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and BSN and BA degrees from the University of Florida. She is a board-certified advanced public health nurse with clinical training in both hospital and community health settings. She has conducted several studies on how healthcare facilities can best respond to situations of intimate partner violence and has evaluated interventions designed to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices by health and social service agencies.
  • ricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW is a professor of social work and director of the doctoral program at Howard University School of Social Work. Dr. Bent-Goodley also serves as the director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program and chair/director of the University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Dr. Bent-Goodley’s research has focused on areas such as violence against women and girls, HIV prevention, and healthy relationship education.

Course Disclosures

Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.

You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.

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All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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