Course Summary

According to the National Institute of Justice, intimate partner violence (IPV) is intentional physical, sexual, or psychological harm inflicted upon an individual by a partner or spouse. Intimate partner violence, sometimes called domestic violence, takes many forms such as physical assault, verbal insults and threats, emotional withdrawal, psychological manipulation, economic control, and sexual assault. Intimate partner violence can start early in a person’s lifespan and is commonly experienced during adolescence. Healthcare settings are important venues where victims of IPV may be heard and receive help.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • I. Introduction
  • II. Assessment of IPV
    • 1.   Screening Tools and Instruments
  • III. Screening for Perpetration Risk
    • 1.   Domestic Violence Screening Instrument
    • 2.   Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment
    • 3.   Spousal Assault Risk Assessment
    • 4.   Tips for Screening
  • IV. Safety Planning
  • V. Trauma-Related Interventions
    • 1.   Types of Trauma
    • 2.   Trauma from Intimate Partner Violence
    • 3.   Multidimensional Levels of Trauma
    • 4.   PTSD and Other Problems Associated with IPV
    • 5.   Subthreshold Symptoms of PTSD
    • 6.   Coping Strategies and Trauma-based Therapy
  • VI. Clinical Treatment and DSM-5
    • 1.   Relational Problems
    • 2.   Adult Maltreatment and Neglect
  • VII. Sociocultural Factors
    • 1.   South Asian Survivors
    • 2.   Latinx/Hispanic Survivors
    • 3.   African American Survivors
    • 4.   American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors
  • VIII. Perpetrators of IPV
    • 1.   IPV-Related Homicide and Murder-Suicide
    • 2.   Perpetrator Treatment
    • 3.   Legal Issues
    • 4.   Restraining Order Process
  • IX. Case Study: IPV and Social Media
  • X. Summary


William Cook, PhD

William Cook, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who worked for 15 years in private practice in Montana before leaving his practice to work full time as the Director of CE4Less. He earned his doctorate degree from Texas A&M University, and focused much of his psychology practice in the area of child and family counseling, as well as psychological testing. Dr. Cook likes new challenges, foreign traveling to Africa and areas of Europe and the near East, scuba diving, running, music, and spending time with his family.

Jennifer McAnally, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Jennifer McAnally holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and specializes in the field of family psychiatry. She has worked in child and adult mental health and substance use treatment settings for over 10 years. She worked previously in academic research settings and as the medical device division manager of a biomedical firm and tissue bank. She has also worked in regulatory oversight of Medicaid programs at the state level. Jennifer’s earlier degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with emphasis on whole-genome bioinformatics, both from Montana State University. Jennifer is a passionate activist in the field of mental health services, and is dedicated as a mother of two children, to family and to her community in Montana.

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