Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is intentional physical, sexual, or psychological harm inflicted upon an individual by a partner or spouse. IPV, sometimes called domestic violence, takes many forms such as physical assault, verbal insults and threats, emotional withdrawal, psychological manipulation, economic control, and sexual assault. Clinicians who screen and assess individuals for IPV will be better able to develop IPV-specific treatment plans to address the unique needs of survivors and perpetrators of abuse. In addition to providing information about screening and assessment, the course explores the sociocultural aspects of IPV. Perpetrator dynamics, IPV homicide, and legal issues are all discussed. Treatment models for perpetrators involve replacing maladaptive behaviors with non-abusive, healthy skills and, if warranted, recognizing the impact of a perpetrator’s past trauma on his behavior. The purpose of this learning material is to educate psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors about these facets of IPV and IPV intervention.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the value and procedures of assessment and screening for intimate partner violence.
  • Describe the types of trauma and the multidimensional levels of trauma individuals exposed to intimate partner violence may experience.
  • Recognize sociocultural aspects of intimate partner violence.
  • Describe factors in IPV perpetration, IPV homicide, and perpetrator treatment.
  • Identify legal issues relevant to IPV intervention.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Assessment
  • Screening Tools and Instruments
  • Screening for Perpetration Risk
  • Tips for Screening
  • Challenges with “Leaving”
  • Safety Planning
  • Trauma
  • Sociocultural Aspects of IPV
  • Perpetrators of IPV
  • Legal Issues
  • Summary


Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW

Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University and teaches practice, theory, and research in the MSW program. Her recent research focuses on deaf and hard of hearing populations, especially in the areas of behavioral health, intimate partner violence, telemental health, well-being, and help-seeking.

Accreditation Approval Statements is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6991. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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