Domestic violence in the United States is a public health problem that requires the involvement of all members of the community to recognize, address, report, and prevent. Healthcare professionals are in a unique position to be able to recognize domestic violence because of how closely they may work with the victims. This course provides information on recognizing and responding to domestic violence and presents strategies you can use to report and even prevent it. The content complies with the requirements of Florida General Statute 456.031.
Provider #50-290 This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.
Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290
Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.
Florida Board of Medicine CE Provider #: 50-290
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Domestic Violence in our Society
Domestic Violence Defined
Florida Domestic Violence Laws
A Public Health Issue
Impact on Children
Consequences - A Deeper Look
Section 3: Types of Domestic Violence and Becoming a Victim
Types of Abuse
The Cycle of Violence
Becoming a Victim
Section 4: Recognizing Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Profile of an Abuser
Typical Pattern of Behavior
The Cycle of Domestic Violence - An Example
Section 5: Recognizing Victims of Domestic Violence
Recognizing Potential Victims
High Risk Factor Groups
Clues, Injuries, and Behavior
Physical Signs and Symptoms
Behavioral/Psychological Signs and Symptoms
Barriers to Revealing Domestic Abuse
Section 6: Strategies for Healthcare Professionals
Screening, Responding, and Reporting
Victim Questioning Strategies
Domestic Violence Programs
Section 7: Conclusion
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Fatima M. Smith, MSW
Fatima M. Smith works at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as the Associate Director of Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute (GEHLI). Prior to her role at GEHLI, she served as the Assistant Director of Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking & Advocacy Services and adjunct professor at VCU. As Assistant Director, she coordinated advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking and serving as lead advocate; supervised violence prevention and advocacy staff, and coordinated outreach education for a healthy, inclusive campus environment. Fatima also serves as a consultant for the University of Richmond Family Law Clinic and is a radio show host of Common Thread on WRIR 97.3. Fatima has a passion for anti-violence work, racial justice, and engaging folks in dialogue that ignites action for progress. She has ten years of experience in anti-violence work. Fatima was recognized as Richmond Times Dispatch Person of The Year honoree and VCU's Top 10 Under 10. Fatima is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a B.S. in Administration of Justice, where she founded the Mr. & Miss Black GMU Scholarship Pageant. Fatima received her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Disclosure: Fatima M. Smith, MSW discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance as Speakers Bureau
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