• Social Work
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CFC
Item#: B4234
Contents: 1 Course Book (88 pages)

Cultural Factors in Intimate Partner Violence

Price $29.95
Item # B4234
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs all over the world and is noteworthy for being present in all social, economic, ethnic, racial, religious, age, and ability groups. Culture is critical to addressing the needs of persons affected by IPV. Culture informs how people think and behave and how people view themselves, others, their relationships, and their roles in relationships, and their actual or perceived options.

This basic-level course is intended to help human services and healthcare professionals better understand the influence of cultural factors on IPV and, in turn, help them to be prepared for culturally responsive work with clients affected by IPV. At times, the focus on culture targets negative attributes that contribute to the occurrence of IPV; however, this course describes cultural factors as they relate to strengths and barriers in the cycle of IPV.

The course begins with an overview of IPV consequences, IPV assessment, and the cycle of abuse. The course then describes common myths and facts about IPV that apply to all cultures and those myths and facts that relate to specific cultures. The course provides information on the impact of cultural stereotypes on services delivery and barriers to help seeking. The discussion about these barriers includes information about racial loyalty, family and community pressures, and faith and religious beliefs about IPV, along with barriers to seeking help associated with discriminatory treatment, the criminal justice system, and immigration status. The course then details practices that improve cultural responsiveness in direct practice with clients, and practices at the mezzo and macro levels of community engagement. Case scenarios throughout the course illuminate how culture connects with intimate partner violence and how practitioners can better respond to the needs of diverse populations and help practitioners grow in their ability to consider cultural context when engaging and working with diverse communities experiencing IPV.

  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 (cultural) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

New Jersey Social Workers -  This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1458 from 5/31/2017 to 5/31/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Social and Cultural Competence 3. 

Course Objectives

  • Define intimate partner violence.
  • Describe myths and facts about intimate partner violence.
  • Identify the impact of cultural stereotypes on service delivery and practice.
  • Recognize how cultural factors influence IPV victims’ decision making and help seeking.
  • Explain practice considerations for engaging and assisting survivors of intimate partner violence within a cultural context.


Tricia 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. She has developed community and faith-based interventions in domestic violence and relationship education, with a focus on strengthening the Black family. Dr. Bent-Goodley has a passion for building solutions to improve the safety and viability of families, with a particular focus on the development of culturally competent interventions that build on the strengths of the community. She is the author/co-author of three books in the areas of domestic violence and social policy. She serves as a consulting editor for several scholarly journals and in a number of local, state, and national elected and appointed leadership positions. For example, she is a member of the Prince George’s County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. She is a National Board Member for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Formerly, she served as an administrator and clinical practitioner in Harlem and Queens County, New York. Dr. Bent-Goodley received her PhD in social policy, planning, and analysis from Columbia University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.


Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CFC, received her master of science degree in social work from Columbia University in 1982 and her doctorate in social welfare from Adelphi University in 1994. She was a post-doctoral fellow (1994-1996) in the Psychology Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) in a National Institute of Mental Health program, studying the effects of family violence. Dr. Monahan is a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a certified forensic consultant. She has been in private practice since 1984 specializing in the effects of trauma and she has consulted in a number of domestic violence shelters. Dr. Monahan joined the faculty of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University in 1996 and is an associate professor. She is the founder (1998) and director of the Family Violence Education and Research Center (FVERC) at the School of Social Welfare. Dr. Monahan has numerous publications on the deleterious effects of sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, bereavement, and disability.

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  • 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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