Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in the Medical Setting


This module is intended to provide clinicians with tips on how to respond to and discuss Intimate Partner Violence. At the end of this module, users should have an understanding of what domestic violence is, who is impacted, the signs and health risks of domestic violence, talking with patients about domestic violence including screening tips and how to connect to community resources.  The module will identify strategies, best practices and resources for responding to and discussing intimate partner violence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand domestic abuse and violence-its prevalence, dynamics, and health care implications
  • Create opportunities for patients/clients to disclose information about their experience of domestic abuse and violence
  • Integrate “universal education” as a method of providing essential information and support
  • Link patients with local resources to assist with crisis intervention, support, advocacy, sheltering and other critical service

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user that registers with the MMA-CQI Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. This module will be eligible to grant 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits.

The module will consist of multiple sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons, an evaluation survey and pre- and post-assessments needed to receive the CME credits.

Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 hours

(note: the module is divided into short digestible units [10-20 mins] which can be completed in small increments)

  • Registration Fee: FREE for Maine Clinicians
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.5

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a pre-test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a post-test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your pre-test score and post-test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have three attempts to complete the post-test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit. Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the pre-test, post test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have three attempts to complete the post-test.
  • The official CME Documentation Form will be available to download from within the evaluation survey, after you answer all the questions and enter in your contact information. A generic certificate of completion is available upon request.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Disclosures and Speakers
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Unit 1 – What Is Domestic Violence and Who Is Impacted?
  • Unit 2- Signs and Health Risks of Domestic Violence
  • Unit 3- Talking About Domestic Violence with Patients-Screening
  • Unit 4- Connecting Patients to Community Resources
  • Unit 5- Clinician Perspective- Discussing Intimate Partner Violence with Patients
  • Unit 6- Behavioral Health Consideration and Tips
  • Post-Assessment
  • Evaluation Survey

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