Understanding Disparities and Vulnerabilities of Intimate Partner Violence Among Special Populations

Course Expiration Date: 10/31/19

This course is free.  To enroll, click on the Enroll Me box at the bottom of the page.

Course Description: This program will increase the participant's knowledge regarding intimate partner violence in vulnerable populations including: young children, teens, young adults, the disabled, elderly, Native Americans, African American Women, the LGBTQ community, undocumented immigrants, pregnant women and men. The program also focuses on the lack of cultural competency in domestic violence with an emphasis on systemic racism and overt/covert oppression, implicit/explicit biases among service providers, and systemic barriers affecting communities of color including: law enforcement, judicial systems, domestic violence service providers, lack of available community services for intimate partner violence and racial loyalty.

Instructor: Dr. Valerie Ekue and Olivia Henderson MPH

Target Audience: All Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Define intimate partner violence on vulnerable populations.

  • Discuss the effects of intimate partner violence on vulnerable populations.

  • Discuss marginalized/un-served communities of color.

  • Identify populations residing in rural areas.

  • List the typology of barriers preventing self-reporting.

  • List difficulties receiving and seeking services.

  • Identify the lack of cultural competency in domestic violence.

  • List intersectional approaches to intimate partner violence.

  • Identify strategies for inclusion.

Length of Course: 4 hours


Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 4.0 contact hours

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 4.0  clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Dietitians:  4.0 hours of CPE for registered dietitians.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 4.0 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 4.00 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Massage Therapists:  This program has been approved for 4.0 hours of continuing education by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for Massage Therapy.  SC State Provider Number is 2  Expires 6/30/2018.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.40 CEUs (4.0 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.