Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a widespread phenomenon that affects individuals across gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity, and geographic location.  Research reveals that there are populations that experience IPV at disproportionately higher rates than other groups and such factors as culture, gender identity, age, disability, geography, and socioeconomic status affect the incidence of IPV and responses to treatment.  Special populations, like lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and persons with disabilities, also experience higher rates of IPV.  Intimate partner violence occurs in adolescent and young adult relationships as well as those with older adults.  Despite women overwhelmingly being survivors of IPV, men can be survivors of IPV and need special considerations with respect to service provision.  Further, survivors who live in rural areas have needs and challenges along with those who have low income.  Members of these diverse populations likely have unique needs related to IPV.  This learning material explores the sociocultural aspects of IPV in selected populations and is a resource for practitioners who work with survivors from diverse populations.  The purpose of the course is to provide social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors with necessary information to improve services for clients and patients with IPV-related issues that occur in the context of diverse cultures, ethnicities, and affiliation with minority populations.  This is not a treatment specific course – treatment techniques are explored in earlier sections of this learning series.

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” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe aspects of culture that shape varied meanings of IPV trauma.
  • Explain how minority stress theory applies to victims of IPV.
  • Identify IPV-related issues among survivors of varied cultural/ethnic groups.
  • Recognize special populations that are disproportionately affected by IPV and important factors related to their help seeking.

Course Syllabus

Culture and Trauma
Cultural and Social Norms that Support Violence
            Child Maltreatment
            Intimate Partner Violence
            Community Violence
            Child Marriages and Genital Mutilation
Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Among IPV Survivors
            Immigrants and Refugees
            Latino/a/x Americans
            African Americans
            Asian Americans
            Hawaiian Natives and Pacific Islanders
            American Indians and Alaska Natives
Middle Eastern Americans (Western Asian Americans)
Special Populations
            Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Individuals
            Adolescents and Young Adults
            People with Disabilities
            Individuals Living in Geographically Isolated Areas
            Economically Disadvantaged Individuals


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, 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 4 cultural competence continuing education credits.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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