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Hours: 5 Contact Hours
  • Candace Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
  • Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Valorie K. Prulhiere, MSN, RN, SANE-A
Item#: N1770
Contents: 1 Course Book
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Intimate Partner Violence: Recognition and Intervention Strategies for Nurses

Price $27.95
Item # N1770
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Release Date: March 19, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

This course presents an overview of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault (SA) issues that nurses in a variety of settings may encounter. Types of IPV and SA and risk factors are described. Health consequences are addressed as well as its effects at various life stages from children to older adults. Screening and assessment strategies are reviewed, including working with special populations, such as immigrants, pregnant women, the LGBTQI community, and perpetrators. On a very practical level, the course discusses legal issues, reporting requirements, and necessary documentation when working with victims of IPV or SA.


Florida Nurses - See N1729 for the course that fulfills your domestic violence requirement.

Kentucky Nurses - See N1742 for the course that fulfills your one-time domestic violence requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the significance and magnitude of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault (SA) in the United States.
  • Identify the dynamics of IPV and SA across the life span.
  • Describe the role of the nurse in identifying and addressing IPV and SA in the healthcare setting.
  • Discuss effective prevention, intervention, safety, and referral strategies when working with victims of IPV and SA.
  • Identify legal concerns and strategies to protect and implement services for victims of IPV and SA in healthcare settings.

Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP, is an assistant professor in the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine. 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. She 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. Dr. Burton is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in both Advanced Forensic and Advanced Genetics Nursing, and she sits on the board of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International.

Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC, is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. 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 the prevention of gender-based violence. 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 on Violence Against Women International and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Williams’s teaching specializations 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.

Valorie K. Prulhiere, MSN, RN, SANE-A, has been a nurse for 37 years, with experience in medical-surgical, critical care, and emergency nursing. She received her BSN degree from The University of Akron and her MSN degree from Walden University. Since the late 1990s, her clinical specialty has been forensics. Since 2002, she has been nationally certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner of Adolescents and Adults. Within this specialty of nursing, Ms. Prulhiere worked as a sexual assault nurse examiner, forensic consultant, and educator and led a full-service forensic nursing program for victims of acute sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and elder mistreatment. In her home state of Ohio, Ms. Prulhiere worked with the state attorney general’s office as a topical forensic expert in training initiatives for law enforcement, prosecutors, healthcare providers, social workers, and professional advocates. She has also worked as a forensic consultant, expert witness, and educator with the U.S. Armed Forces. She has coauthored several articles on the healthcare aspects of sexual assault, domestic violence, and strangulation, as well as contributed to several textbooks on forensic nursing. Currently, she is an instructor of nursing at Rasmussen College and maintains a clinical forensic practice with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County.

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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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