Massachusetts Medical Society: Intimate Partner Violence: The Clinician’s Guide to Identification, Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention

Intimate Partner Violence: The Clinician’s Guide to Identification, Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention

Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) can occur in any relationship - married or unmarried, living together or apart, and in heterosexual or same sex couples. In August 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a comprehensive domestic violence bill into law.  Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014 provides new legal protections for victims, brings new criminal offenses, and imposes training for a wide variety of professionals including physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers, police and judges. 

This online course is designed to incorporate the training necessary to appropriately identify, screen, treat and refer victims of domestic violence and sexual violence, including the physiological and psychological symptoms and effects of IPV, including children who witness abuse, the challenges of the LGBTQ community, and the pathology of offenders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the incidence, prevalence, spectrum, and dynamics of Partner Violence (IPV) and Sexual Violence (SV).
  • Describe the constellation of physiological and psychological manifestations and health effects of IPV and SV
  • Examine the behavioral dynamics of coercive control most commonly seen in offenders.
  • Identify the particular challenges faced by abused individuals who are adolescents; elderly; immigrants; low income; minority; non-English speaking; or who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.
  • Articulate the effects on children who are exposed to or witness IPV or SV.
  • Explain the principles of trauma-informed care.
  • Illustrate how to inquire routinely about violence and abuse.
  • Review the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that pertain to IPV and SV inquiry and care.
  • Document patient disclosure and relevant physical findings in the medical record

Course Fees:

MMS Member Physicians: $24
Nonmember Physicians: $44
Allied Health Professionals: $19.20


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CME Credit:  

2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ , risk management study

Accreditation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs may claim 2 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

This activity may meet the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

Activity Term
Start: September 28, 2016    
End: May 31, 2018   

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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