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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, APHN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Jean Patricia Keen, MS, RN, CADC
Item#: N1742
Contents: 1 Course Book (82 pages)
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Domestic Violence: Recognition and Intervention Strategies for Kentucky Nurses

Price $27.95
Item # N1742
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Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Victims of IPV are more likely than those with no history of victimization to seek health services. Healthcare visits provide an opportune time to identify patients with a history of IPV and to intervene. Identifying experiences of IPV among patients can also help healthcare providers tailor care to better meet their unique needs.

Despite recommendations developed by the National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the vital role providers play in the detection and early intervention of IPV, screening rates are low and the procedures are often not comprehensive. A systematic review found that numerous barriers, such as personal discomfort with the issue, lack of knowledge, and time constraints, prevented screenings from taking place. Another important barrier was patient unwillingness to disclose their experiences of abuse. Education is needed to support providers in overcoming these barriers to IPV screening and intervention.

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses in the clinical setting with information on appropriately caring for patients who may be affected by IPV. The target populations for this course are registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses in all settings who may encounter patients with a history of IPV. After completion, the participant will be able to assess, document, intervene in, and refer patients to appropriate services in an evidence-based, trauma-informed manner. In addition, the participant will demonstrate current knowledge about the magnitude and dynamics of IPV and understand strategies to help implement IPV services in healthcare settings. This course meets the Kentucky state requirement for IPV continuing education for nurses.


Kentucky Nurses - This course fulfills your one-time Domestic Violence requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the dynamics of IPV and its effects on adult and child victims.
  • Explain the lethality, risk issues, and legal options for protection, including reporting requirements.
  • Recognize the need for nurses in all settings to be prepared to assess, document, intervene, and refer individual patients to appropriate community resources and victim services.


Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, APHN-BC is an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is a board-certified advanced public health nurse with clinical training in both hospital and community health settings. Dr. Williams’s research is aimed at improving methods for the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, particularly relative to gender-based violence prevention. 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. Dr. Williams is an active member of the Nursing Network for Violence Against Women International and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Williams’s areas of teaching specialization include research and evidence-based practice methodology and public health nursing. She earned PhD, MSN, and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and BSN and BA degrees from the University of Florida.


Jean Patricia Keen, MS, RN, CADC, is a program administrator in the Family Violence Prevention Resources Branch, Division of Protection and Permanency of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services. She administers and provides assistance to the Batterer Intervention Provider Certification Program and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Keen received her associate’s degree in nursing from Midway College and a bachelor of science degree in mcommunity health education and master’s degree in education in allied health sciences from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a certified batterer intervention provider and a certified alcohol and drug counselor, with more than 30 years of experience working in the chemical dependency field. She is retired from the community mental health center in Lexington, Kentucky, where she worked as the director of the Detox Center, Schwartz Center, and Narcotic Addiction Program. For 7 years she worked as the director of the Perinatal Recovery, Infant Development, and Education (PRIDE) program and provided training across the state on issues regarding perinatal substance abuse. She has 16 years of experience working with domestic violence perpetrators and victims and has provided training on these issues. She is on the faculty of the Kentucky School for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies.

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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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