Domestic Violence Update

Needs Statement

Domestic or family violence affects everyone, regardless of gender, race, education, profession, or socioeconomic status. Both abusers and victims come from diverse backgrounds. Health care professionals who focus on a single individual are missing the dysfunctional dynamics that sustain all abusive relationships. In the context of domestic violence, professional responsibilities for health care workers fall within the primary categories of recognition, intervention, and prevention. Many of these responsibilities are legally mandated, but none can be accomplished without overall awareness.

Coarse Goals

This course defines domestic violence as family violence, and further differentiates the categories of intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and elder & dependent adult abuse, mistreatment and neglect. The dynamics of domestic violence are presented using Pence and Paymer’s power and control wheel as a guiding explanatory model. Common forms of domestic violence are described and categorized and their effects within the family are reviewed. The core content within this course addresses concerns that are common to all forms of domestic violence. Health care professionals’ responsibilities and mandates regarding recognition, intervention, reporting, documentation and prevention of domestic violence are all addressed. This course meets criteria for continuing education in Florida and provides a general background of information that is applicable to health care professionals residing in any portion of the United States.

Target Audience

This course is designed for professionals at all levels and settings in the healthcare industry.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Define domestic violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and elder and dependent adult abuse, mistreatment and neglect
  2. Describe the characteristics of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect
  3. Identify the primary components of the power and control wheel
  4. Explain the three phases of abuse
  5. Differentiate the defining characteristics for physical, sexual, psychological and environmental abuse
  6. Describe screening procedures for determining whether a patient has any history of being a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence
  7. Describe the major health implications of domestic violence, child abuse, elder and dependent adult abuse, mistreatment, and neglect
  8. Identify where to locate community, regional and national resources available for those affected by abuse
  9. Describe how to report and implement strategies that support suspected victims of domestic violence, elder and dependent adult abuse, mistreatment or neglect in the state in which the health care professional practices

Additional Information

State Relevance: 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 2.00 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Mary Kathleen Ebener, PhD, RN
Dr. Ebener is employed by Florida State College at Jacksonville as the Dean of Nursing. In addition, Dr. Ebener has taught courses related to nursing, health care and statistical analysis at the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Florida campus and ECPI University, Orlando campus. She holds a BSN degree from Illinois Wesleyan University; her MSN is from Andrews University, MI; and her PhD. is from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Dr. Ebener has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN – Lead Nurse Planner
Ms. Caputo has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
AKH Staff, Planners and Reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity does not include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Accreditation Statement

This activity is provided by AKH Inc.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Florida Nurses: AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is an approved provider for nursing continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing #50-2560.

Designation Statement

This activity is awarded 2.00 contact hours.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 2.00 ANCC


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Domestic Violence