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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Kelly Cue Davis, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Ellen R. DeVoe, PhD
Item#: C6527
Content: 1 Course Book (50 pages)

Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview, Updated 1st Edition

Price $9.95
Item # C6527
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

Abuse that occurs between two individuals in a current or former dating, romantic and/or sexual relationship has been termed “intimate partner violence.” There are other terms also commonly used to describe this type of violence, including: domestic violence, spouse abuse, marital violence, dating violence, couple violence, and courtship violence. Intimate partner violence includes physical violence, rape and sexual assaults, as well as economic, emotional, and psychological abuse including coercion, intimidation, stalking, and use of technology to perpetrate abuse. Intimate partner violence occurs all over the world and is present in all social, economic, ethnic, racial, religious, and age groups. Intimate partner violence has serious consequences for the victims including death and injury, commitment of violent acts of self-defense, legal problems, and compromised mental health, economic status, and social isolation. The high prevalence rates of intimate partner violence in the US have led to various policies and expert recommendations designed to better detect and intervene with intimate partner violence. Human service, mental health, and healthcare professionals will likely, knowingly or unknowingly, work with victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence and are in unique positions to offer assistance. 

This basic-level course presents clear descriptions of this multi-faceted problem and sensitizes the learner to the impact of intimate partner violence on the individual and community. The course describes in detail the different forms of intimate partner violence. Risk factors for perpetration and victimization and consequences are presented. The course discusses clinical considerations, assessment protocols, intervention strategies, and prevention techniques that human service, mental health, and health care professionals can apply in their daily work routines. The course also discusses confidentiality, reporting requirements, and documentation.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the different forms and types of intimate partner violence (IPV).
  • Explain the impact of IPV on individuals and communities.
  • Identify risk factors for IPV perpetration and victimization.
  • Discuss techniques and clinical considerations when assessing for present or historical IPV.
  • Describe intervention and prevention strategies designed to address IPV.

Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on the effects of alcohol consumption on sexuality, sexual aggression, sexual risk-taking, and violence against women. Most recently, she has studied the effects of alcohol use on sexual violence and HIV/STI-related risk behaviors under grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Davis serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, ad hoc reviewer for numerous psychology journals, and chair of the Task Force on Violence Against Women, Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association.

Ellen R. DeVoe, PhD, received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, her MSW from the University of Denver School of Social Work, and her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan. She is an associate professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, where she teaches clinical practice. She is also founding director of their Trauma Certificate Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University School of Social Work, Dr. DeVoe was an assistant professor at Columbia University School of Social Work. Her clinical work and research have focused on understanding the impact of domestic violence and other traumatic stressors on young children, and on developing and evaluating community-based programs to address the effects of violence on urban children. She has been the principal investigator for research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, she was the principal investigator on a four-year U.S. Department of Defense-funded study on family-based intervention with traumatized service members and their young children. Dr. DeVoe has written extensively on the effects of trauma and intimate partner violence on young children. 


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