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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Nurses encounter victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence regardless of where they work. Those who practice in offices, hospitals, clinics, homes, or facilities must be aware that living with domestic violence may be part of a person’s daily life. Even though education for healthcare professionals and routine screening in EDs is mandated, many abused people do not receive needed support. Nurses are able to recognize and help victims, yet do not necessarily receive education about domestic violence. This updated CE module provides information nurses need to increase their understanding of and provide support to people experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence.

The goal of this course is to enhance the ability of nurses in various settings to identify and treat people who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Disclaimer: Images in this course depict violence that has been inflicted on children and adults. They may be disturbing to some learners.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • List steps ensuring the safety of abused women who decide to leave an abusive environment
  • Identify the role intimate partner advocacy plays in helping victims/survivors to understand that physical, sexual, or emotional abuse is not their fault but an issue of power and control
  • Relate direct and indirect questions that broach the subject of violence and abuse with patients, partners and family members, and screen for abuse
  • Identify risk factors and signs and symptoms associated with adolescent dating violence
  • Identify the role of intimate partner advocacy in helping victims or survivors to understand that physical, sexual, or emotional abuse is not their fault but an issue of power and control.
  • Relate direct and indirect questions that broach the subject of violence and abuse with patients, partners, and family members to screen for abuse.
  • Identify risk factors, signs, and symptoms associated with abuse and neglect across the lifespan.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 09/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.