Intimate Partner Violence: Recognition and Intervention, 3rd Edition


About the Course
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a critical public health concern that encompasses all forms of abuse or aggression occurring in the context of a current or former romantic relationship. IPV can include physical and/or sexual violence, stalking, and psychological types of aggression such as coercion, threats, and social isolation (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Violence Prevention, 2022). Sexual violence or sexual assault (SA) in particular, defined as any sexual contact perpetrated without the explicit consent of the recipient, is often perpetrated by someone known to the victim—in a national survey, nearly 20% of women who reported experiencing IPV indicated that this included SA (Smith et al., 2018).  

The purpose of this intermediate, continuing education course is to provide healthcare professionals across all professions with definitions of and guidelines for the identification of IPV, as well as foundational content on responding to disclosure of IPV in various settings. Participants will be able to assess, document, and intervene with clients or patients experiencing IPV in a trauma-informed manner. Further, learners will become acquainted with appropriate referral options and strategies for ensuring safe, effective, and nonjudgmental care of persons affected by IPV. Course materials include a list of general referral and specialized resources as well as information on reporting policies and procedures to assist providers in caring for this population.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Define intimate partner violence (IPV) and summarize the magnitude of its incidence and impact in the United States. 
  • Explain how IPV may affect individuals differently based on age, gender, and other demographic categories. 
  • Describe the identification and assessment of IPV in various settings with attention to cultural considerations. 
  • Outline effective prevention, intervention, safety, and referral strategies when working with survivors of IPV. 
  • Differentiate among options and requirements for reporting IPV in institutional and legal contexts and identify trauma-informed strategies for incorporating these into services for IPV survivors.  

About the Author/Presenter
Dr. Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, FAAN is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Advanced Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing. A forensic nurse for over a decade, Dr. Burton specializes in trauma-informed care education and practice for nurses, nursing students, educators, physicians, and other care providers. She is certified as an advanced forensic nurse (AFN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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