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Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence
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Understanding the Basics
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Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (online access only)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gift from Within
CE Credits: 2 CE Credit Hours
Online Course: $20
It is estimated that 1.5 to 4 million women are battered in the United States each year. A low estimate would mean that a woman is beaten every 15 seconds. Yet even with this prevalence, intimate partner violence is underdiagnosed and undertreated.

This introductory online course on domestic violence provides important information that will help the practitioner recognize and intervene in this major public health problem. The authors describe the “cycle of violence” which reflects the complexities of a violent relationship. The case is made for good screening tests and the barriers to such screenings are discussed. Mandatory reporting laws are also addressed.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include individual, relationship and community risk factors, along with physical, psychological, social and behavioral consequences of domestic violence.

Articles from Gift from Within present case vignettes that provide a picture of how abuse may happen, why victims often will stay and why they "love" the abuser.

The resources in this course are available through online access. They are used by Affect Plus with permission or are in the public domain. Special thanks go to the individuals and organizations that are doing work toward the prevention and treatment of domestic violence.

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine provides its readers with up-to-date practical information. Authors are chosen for their experience through patient care, teaching and clinical research. Access to the online version of its articles is available free.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides credible, reliable health information on a full range of topics and has additional resources on domestic violence. Their material is in the public domain.
Gift From Within is a nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Permission has been granted to Affect Plus to link to their copyrighted material.

(pdf and online materials)

Gurjit Kaur, DO, Department of General Internal Medicine and Women's Health Center at The Gault Women's Health and Breast Pavilion, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Linda Herbert, LISW, Department of Social Work, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Frank Ochberg, M.D., is the founder of Gift from Within and co-founder of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Ochberg is the former Associate Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University. He was the editor of America's first PTSD treatment text.

Dr. Angie Panos holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a licensed clinical social worker. She has more than 20 years experience in traumatic stress treatment, dealing with war refugees, domestic violence, and victims of rape and child abuse. Dr. Panos is a certified employee assistance professional, consulting with organizations in the prevention and response to workplace violence.

The organizations/persons have given Affect Plus permission to link to their web sites or post their material on our web site and are not receiving any commercial support from Affect Plus. In addition, no conflict of interest is present.

Contents Include:
    Part I. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
    • Recognizing and Intervening in Intimate Partner Violence
      Gurjit Kaur, DO and Linda Herbert, LISW
    Part II. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Understanding Intimate Partner Violence - Fact Sheet
    • Intimate Partner Violence: Risk and Protective Factors
    • Intimate Partner Violence: Consequences
    Part III. Gift from Within
    • Understanding the Victims of Spousal Abuse
      Frank Ochberg, M.D.
    • Dealing with Domestic Violence: Lessons from Kathy
      Angie Panos, Ph.D.
    • Domestic Violence Against Men: Bryan's Story
      Angie Panos, Ph.D.
    Number of Test Questions:
      20 objective questions
    Learning Objectives:
    At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
    • recognize the signs of and risk factors for intimate partner violence.
    • identify the phases of the "cycle of violence".
    • list two screening questions.
    • appropriately document and report suspected cases of domestic violence.
      Beginning/ Intermediate
    Target Audience:
      Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists who want to increase their ability to recognize and intervene in intimate partner violence.