Cultural Factors in Intimate Partner Violence

$29.95

About Course #C6512

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 intermediate-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. 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.

3 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.

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.

About the Author(s)

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. 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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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