Domestic Violence

The FMA first offered this course as a supplement to its Florida Medical Magazine. Based on input from the Florida Department of Health, the FMA Council on Public Health and other community organizations, this Florida mandatory CME content has been periodically reviewed and updated to include the most current statistics and information about domestic violence as well as human trafficking. While physicians cannot solve every problem that patients face, they can serve as a link to connect their most vulnerable patients to community resources and services. As one of the course authors, James E. Harrell, M.D. has said, if we at least ask the question, the door is opened and a dialogue can begin.

Learning Objectives

  •  Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between domestic violence and human trafficking.
  •  Demonstrate increased awareness and better identify potential victims of domestic violence and trafficking.
  • Clarify the behavioral dynamics related to domestic violence and human trafficking.
  • Encourage routine screening procedures for the possibility of patient history of domestic violence or trafficking.
  • Identify the best options for referral to community resources.
  • Encourage the establishment of documentation policies in domestic violence and trafficking cases.
  • Increase advocacy within the healthcare community for victims of domestic violence and trafficking.

Additional Information

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Course summary
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  • 2.00 ABMS MOC II
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., is the Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC), non-profit agency she co-founded in 2015 to assist survivors of human trafficking. She also is an active member and co-chairs the Social Services Committee for the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Robin’s consulting firm, Robin H. Thompson and Associates, represents a wide range of clients including the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights where she assists in the Center’s work on human trafficking.

Ms. Thompson served as the Executive Director for the Florida Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. In addition, she served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice.  

In 2001, she traveled to Bangladesh as a part of a U.S. State Department mission, which included a site visit to a trafficking rescue shelter in Dhaka – this trip inspired her work to help build awareness about human trafficking.  From 2002 to the present, she has directed numerous local and statewide anti-trafficking projects. Robin has lectured extensively on the topics of violence against women and human trafficking. She is a contributor to numerous national and international publications and curricula. 

Ms. Thompson has no financial relationships relevant to the content of this activity.

James E. Harrell, M.D. is a past Chair of the FMA Committee on Continuing Medical Education. He is an obstetrician-gynecologist from Stuart, Florida, where he was a member of the medical staff of Martin Memorial Hospital. In addition to being a member of the FMA and the American Medical Association (AMA ), he is a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society. 

Dr. Harrell has no financial relationships relevant to the content of this activity.


The planners of this activity have nothing to disclose. The authors/faculty have nothing to disclose.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (DV - MOC)   

The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The Florida Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should claim only those credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Credit: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this course has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards: Allergy and Immunology; Anesthesiology; Family Medicine; Medical Genetics and Genomics; Nuclear Medicine; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Plastic Surgery; Preventive Medicine; Psychiatry & Neurology; Radiology; Thoracic Surgery; and Urology (

Estimated Completion Time: Two Hours

Instructions for earning credit: Learner must read the course materials in their entirety and complete an online post-test and course evaluation. Learner must earn a passing score of at least 70% on the post-test.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 ABMS MOC II
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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