Spousal / Partner Abuse > Part 1 Introduction

Spousal / Partner Abuse

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
15 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $75


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  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
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CE Course Description

Spousal/Partner abuse continues to be prevalent in today's society and puts at risk the health of those vulnerable. It can take the form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic control, isolation and verbal abuse. High profile cases involving celebrities and athletes continue to bring a greater awareness to the problem. In spite of the growing awareness, the abuse continues to be underreported. As noted in the course, studies show women have especially been on the receiving end of this; however, there are cases of women on men abuse, and also same-gender partner abuse.

Healthcare providers need to learn how to identify abuse through skillful interviewing and assessment techniques. Victims need to know that abuse is never okay and there are resources available to help them. This course will address how to properly and effectively assess for spousal/partner abuse, consider the cultural factors of such abuse, and teach the healthcare provider how to detect such abuse. The dynamics of same-gender partner abuse will also be covered. Finally, intervention strategies for this abuse will be addressed along with a listing of community resources.

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.

CE Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss the facts surrounding intimate partner violence and its prevalence in every American home.
  • Distinguish the different types of abuses, the characteristics of an abusive relationship and explain its effects on partners, children and on mental health.
  • Apply the intervention and treatment especially the safety plans stated in this course.
  • Discuss exhaustively the effects of domestic violence on Substance abuse treatment.
  • Apply the practical steps in assisting a survivor of domestic violence as she enters the treatment system.
  • Discuss the laws and legal issues concerning violence against women.
  • Discuss community-based linkages processes and formulate their own coordinated community response.
  • Discuss the prevalence of domestic abuse in the LGBT community.
  • Apply the integration strategies specified in the course.

CE Course Outline

Target Audiences: A Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Nurses
Content level: A Intermediate

  • Part 1
    • Chapter 1. Introduction
      • Survivor's Story
      • How big is the problem?
        • IPV starts early and continues throughout the lifespan.

    • Chapter 2. Intimate Partner Violence in the United States
      • Key Findings
      • Implications for Prevention
      • Prevalence and Frequency of Individual Forms of Intimate Partner Violence
      • Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence by Sociodemographic Characteristics
      • Impact of Intimate Partner Violence
      • Accumulation of Intimate Partner Violence Behaviors Experienced by Individual Perpetrators
      • Characteristics of Intimate Partner Violence Victimization
      • Services and Disclosure Related to Intimate Partner Violence Victimization
      • Physical and Mental Health Conditions by Victimization History
      • Discussion
      • Implications for Prevention
      • Conclusion
      • References

    • Chapter 3. Assessment of Abuse
      • Types of Abuse
      • Characteristics of an Abusive Relationship
      • Effects on Partners
      • Effects on Children
      • Mental Health Effects

    • Chapter 4. Intervention and Treatment
      • Preventing Intimate Partner Violence is a Priority
      • Disrupt the Developmental Pathway Toward Partner Violence
      • Create Protective Environments
      • Strengthen Economic Supports for Families
      • Support Survivors to Increase Safety and Lessen Harms
      • Leaving an Abusive Relationship
      • Safety Plans
      • Survivor's Story
      • Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence
      • Domestic Violence and Abuse in Intimate Relationship from Public Health Perspective
      • The risk factors of domestic violence and abuse
      • Violence against women, World Health Organization
      • Violence Against Women and Girls Data Collection during COVID-19
      • Survivors Stories

  • Part 2
    • Chapter 1. Effects of Domestic Violence on Substance Abuse Treatment
      • Defining the problem
      • The social context
      • The connection between Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
      • The impact of Violence on Substance Abuse Treatment
      • Barriers to addressing domestic violence in the treatment Setting
      • A new way of thinking

    • Chapter 2. Survivors of Domestic Violence: An Overview
      • Entering the Treatment System
      • Psychosocial Issues
      • Ensuring Emotional Health
      • Emergence of Trauma from Childhood Abuse
      • Relapse Prevention
      • Issues for Children of Survivors
      • Summary

    • Chapter 3 - Batterers: An Overview
      • An overview
        • Perspectives on Substance Abuse and the Batterer Client
        • Profiling Batterers
        • Treatment issues for the substance-abusing batterer
        • Batterer's intervention program models

    • Chapter 4. Screening and Referral of Survivors and Batterers in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
      • Screening
      • Treatment concerns for survivors and batterers

    • Chapter 5. Legal Issues
      • Federal Law
      • Local Laws: Civil Protection and Restraining Orders
      • Other Legal Issues
      • Reporting Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
      • Conclusion

    • Chapter 6. Linkages: A Coordinated Community Response
      • Systematic reform
      • Community-Based Linkages
      • Collaborative Treatment Planning for Survivors and Batterers
      • Other Linkage Strategies

  • Part 3
    • Chapter 1:
      • Domestic Abuse in the LGBT Community
      • Examining Access Barriers to Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter Services for Transgender Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in New York State
      • Help-Seeking Behavior among Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence Victims: An Intersectional Argument

    • Chapter 2: Intimate Partner Violence against Men
      • Understanding Violence Against Men
      • Type and Sex of Perpetrators of IPV, SV and Stalking of Male Victims
      • Battered Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence
      • Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
      • Help Men Who Are Being Abused

    • Chapter 3: Homelessness after Spousal Abuse
      • An overview
        • A safe space for survivors of Domestic Violence
        • Partners Address Domestic Violence and Homelessness

    • Chapter 4: Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness
      • Introduction
      • Exploring the Issue
      • Strategies to Improve Integration

Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Updated March 2021

Spousal / Partner Abuse > Part 1 Introduction
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