Module B: Assessments and Interventions in DV and IPV

CE Credits: 2.25

Unless people are trained to look for it, DV/IPV is rarely identified—so this module lays the groundwork for good identification and intervention skills. It begins by detailing safety plans for victims, and which professionals could make up the team of helpers. It then describes the risk factors for both victims and perpetrators, red flags (such as frequent ER visits) and the importance of routine screening, using short questionnaires or motivational interviewing (MI). The module then finishes by describing the common rules regarding reporting DV/IPV and the most relevant laws, such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), restraining orders and duty-to-warn laws.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:

» Discuss access to health care and safety
» Review transdisciplinary and cross-sector interventions
» Describe risk factor identification and assessment
» Identify the focus on and use of screening instruments
» Discuss reporting requirements
» Describe domestic violence laws

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Advance your professional practice: Case managers (especially those in the ED) are on the front lines of care and are therefore in a vital position to identify victims of abuse. If we understand the risk factors and warning signs, we can initiate the process that can break the cycle of abuse and violence.

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Improve organizational performance: Since DV/IPV can lead to a wide range of ED visits and hospitalizations, it is important that our team members understand how to identify and discuss the possibility of abuse with patients. When we understand the warning signs—as well as our medical, social and legal roles in the process—we can do our part to break the cycle of abuse and violence.