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Culturally-Sensitive Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Intimate Partner Violence

by Amy Van Arsdale, PhD 3 CE Credits

One in four women will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in her lifetime, and such victims often present with a host of related mental and physical health concerns. This course describes the current definition of IPV, which includes violence between same-sex partners. Because research indicates violent behavior tends to escalate over time, providers will learn to identify the warning signs of IPV. Practitioners will also learn evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies including specialized health and legal resources for individuals in abusive relationships. Finally, as relationship abuse may be culture-bound, techniques for improving cultural competence while working with victims of IPV are emphasized throughout the course.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB CE clock hours (Domestic Violence/Abuse), and NYSED CE credit.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Rationale
  • Definition of Terms
  • A Brief Theoretical Overview of IPV 
  • Mental and Physical Health Issues Related to IPV
  • Identifying IPV in Your Practice: Asking the Right Questions and Knowing the Common Risk Factors
  • Individual Demographic and Sociocultural Issues Pertaining to IPV: A Closer Look at Risk Factors
  • Theory- and Evidence-based Interventions for Individuals in Abusive Relationships
  • Common Barriers to Seeking Help
  • Specialized Resources for IPV Victims and Families
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Recognize the 4 behaviors that commonly comprise intimate partner violence (IPV) along with 3 mental health conditions and at least 3 physical health issues that often co-occur with it.
  • Utilize a brief screening measure to assess for IPV and clinically recognize at least 6 risk factors for the development and maintenance of IPV.
  • Incorporate elements from 5 theory- and evidence-based interventions into clinical work in the IPV arena.
  • Provide victims of partner violence with at least 10 outlets for specialized health and legal resources.