Module A: Prevalence and Dynamics of Domestic Violence

CE Credits: 2.0

Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are the leading causes of non-fatal injury to women worldwide—and is more common than breast cancer. This module begins by looking at the history of domestic abuse—how abusive behavior, especially to wives, was condoned for centuries—and how, despite laws to protect victims, many victims still hide their abuse out of shame. The module then looks at the slight distinctions between DV and IPV, and examines the ways that such abuse can cross socioeconomic lines. Finally, the module details the different kinds of DV and IPV behaviors—such as physical, emotional, economic and even identity abuse—and how such behaviors can contribute to victims’ long-term health problems.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Discuss the history and societal impact of domestic violence
» Distinguish between domestic and intimate partner violence
» Review patient reluctance to disclose domestic violence
» Describe domestic violence rates and economic impact
» Discuss health ramifications
» Identify the intermingled patterns of coercive and abusive behaviors

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Advance your professional practice: As case managers, we often have to play detective with patients, to determine what underlying issues may have brought them into an ER, or could be contributing to chronic health issues. By letting go of our preconceived notions of how DV and IPV can manifest—and understanding how difficult it is for patients to discuss—we will be equipped to identify the warning signs in our patients.

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Improve organizational performance: DV and IPV can lead to serious hospitalizations and contribute to chronic health problems. By sharpening our skills in identifying DV and IPV early, the members of our team can reduce the consequences of abuse and help prevent further violence.