Management of Domestic Violence

Physicians: The Virtual Lecture Hall has the mother of all online DV continuing education courses: Current Management of Domestic Violence–Responding to IPV. For $20 a credit, you can earn up to 16 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits (or up to 16 AAFP prescribed credits). The course is case-based, with video and narration (check out a sample clip here). CMEs valid through April 2010. Although it was initially crafted in 2004, the site reports updates as recently as summer of ’08.

Content promises to help physicians:

  • Improve skills by managing up to 17 patient cases
  • Screen patients for intimate partner violence (IPV) and appropriately respond to disclosures of abuse
  • Recognize patterns of abuse and properly document IPV
  • Assess the safety of IPV victims
  • Report and refer IPV victims to appropriate community agencies
  • Recognize and support patients’ readiness to change their violent situation

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