Course Summary

Interpersonal violence involves violence between intimate partners and against vulnerable members of society, such as children and the elderly. Members of the interdisciplinary health team often encounter victims of interpersonal violence. Within the scope of their practice, health clinicians should be prepared to identify these victims and know how to help them. It is important to choose an effective screening tool for a patient’s particular circumstance. Following the screening process, a clinician may be required to report the abuse.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • I.       Introduction
  • II.       Prevalence of Interpersonal Violence
  • III.       Intimate Partner Violence
    • 1.        Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence
    • 2.        Underreporting of Intimate Partner Violence
    • 3.        Men and Intimate Partner Violence
    • 4.        Women and Intimate Partner Violence
  • IV.      Detection and Screening for Intimate Partner Violence
    • 1.        Hurt, Insult, Threaten, and Scream
    • 2.        Slapped, Threatened and Throw
    • 3.        Hurt, Afraid, Rape, Kick
    • 4.        Woman Abuse Screening Tool
    • 5.        Ongoing Violence Assessment Tool
    • 6.        Choosing the Right Screening Tool
    • 7.        Injuries, Behaviors, and Health Consequences
    • 8.        Medical and Psychological Disorders
  • V.      Elder Abuse
    • 1.        Forms of Elder Abuse
    • 2.        Risk Factors for Elder Abuse
    • 3.        Detection and Screening for Elder Abuse
  •  VI.      Child Abuse
    • 1.        Fractures
    • 2.        Unexplained or Poorly Explained Injuries
    • 3.        Detecting and Screening for Child Abuse
  • VII.      Causes of Interpersonal Violence
    • 1.        Substance Use Disorder
    • 2.        Child Abuse
    • 3.        Psychopathologies
    • 4.        Cognitive and Social Skills Deficiencies
    • 5.        Genetics
  • VIII.     Interpersonal Violence Prevention
    • 1.        Intimate Partner Violence
    • 2.        Elder Abuse
    • 3.        Child Abuse
  •  IX.      Intervention Programs for Batterers
  •  X.      Case Studies: Interpersonal Violence in Adolescent Males
  •  XI.      Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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