Intimate Partner Violence (Domestic Violence)


Course Description
In accordance with the 2011 Florida Statutes requirement for instruction on domestic violence (F.S. ยง 456.031), this course is designed to satisfy the requirements for continuing education for health care practitioners in the State of Florida.

Given that violence may occur in all types of human relationships, domestic violence is often described as intimate partner violence, or IVP, and learners will see both terms used in this course.

Inasmuch as the course includes (a) objective data describing likely victims of domestic violence as well as those who are likely to be perpetrators of domestic violence; (b) screening procedures used to determine if a patient has any history of either being a victim or perpetrator; and (c) instruction on how healthcare providers are to assist those patients to obtain help in the local community, the course may inform interested healthcare providers and caregivers in other states.

Course Goal: In this course, learners will become familiar with how to provide their patients with helpful resources, make referrals to domestic violence centers and other advocacy groups, and find legal aid, shelter, victim counseling, batterer counseling, and/or child protection services in the local community.

Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

  • Give a behavioral definition for intimate partner violence (IPV).
  • Give a legal definition for IPV.
  • Describe the difference between non-lethal and lethal IPV.
  • Discuss the three phases from the perspective of both the batterer and the victim.
  • Describe the relationship pregnancy has with IPV.
  • Explain the term stalking.
  • Describe who is at risk for IPV.
  • Explain the health effects and consequences of IPV.
  • Describe the relationship between income and age and IPV.
  • Discuss the toll of IPV on children.
  • Describe a perpetrator.
  • Explain the difference between the "OJ defense" and the "lost control defense."
  • Discuss the three-batterer types with respect to severity, generality and psychopathology.
  • Describe the three theories that influence batterer intervention programs.
  • Explain the differences between male and female batterers.
  • Identify national and local resources for IPV prevention and intervention.
  • Articulate how healthcare providers may address IPV.

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