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About this course

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Intimate partner violence (IPV), also commonly referred to as domestic violence, is a significant public health issue in the U.S., which has persisted despite extensive efforts to eradicate it through numerous policy and practice interventions. In this course, learners will be introduced to key concepts, definitions, and theories of IPV from public health, social justice, and legal perspectives. Learners will also receive applied learning opportunities to implement best practices for identifying, screening, and responding to IPV in clinical practice settings, including interprofessional strategies that engage professionals from social work, law, nursing, dentistry, and medicine. Issues related to those who experience and witness IPV as well as those who use violence will be discussed, including cultural factors and social inequalities that perpetuate IPV as they relate to age, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, immigration status, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. Course activities will be designed to help learners think critically and implement theory-driven practices for identification, screening, and response to IPV across multiple levels of intervention (e.g., individual, family, and community) and within the clinical settings of social work, law, nursing, dentistry, and medicine.

What you'll learn

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In this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the prevalence of IPV and the impact of such violence on victims.

  • Explain how power dynamics and intersectionality affect personal experiences of IPV.

  • Describe the range of possibilities for interprofessional care in response to IPV.

  • Perform appropriate screening, assessment, and interprofessional intervention strategies for IPV.

  • Explain the purpose and considerations of a safety plan, including legal, healthcare, and community resources for victims/survivors of IPV.

  • Identify ways professionals can support person-centered responses to IPV.

  • Recognize the vulnerability, unique risks, and challenges underserved populations face.

  • Demonstrate cultural humility when responding to populations affected by IPV.

  • Describe primary, secondary, and tertiary IPV prevention strategies used to affect change across the social ecology.

  • Analyze your role in working interprofessionally to prevent IPV.

Meet your instructors

Michele Beaulieu
Clinical Instructor and Director of Behavioral Health Education Programs
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Lisa Fedina
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan School of Social Work
Michelle L. Munro-Kramer
Assistant Professor, the Suzanne Bellinger Feetham Professor of Nursing, and Director of Global Programs
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Laurie M. Graham
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work

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