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Identifying and Assessing Domestic Abuse Victims for Ambulatory Surgery Center Professionals (CE)

Domestic abuse occurs between two people in a close, intimate relationship. It is a public health concern in the United States. Each year 4.8 million women experience intimate partner related physical assault or rape, 2.9 million men experience intimate partner related physical assault and over 1,500 women (75%) and men (25%) die as a result of domestic violence. In Florida alone, there were 111,681 reported domestic violence offenses and 192 murders in 2011. Understanding abusive relationships will help you to see domestic abuse as a public health threat and identify and care for victims of abuse. This course will discuss domestic abuse, and will provide you with the information you need to identify victims, assess victims, refer victims to other resources, and report victims of this form of abuse.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  • List the effects of domestic abuse on the victim and children in the household as it relates to the provision of care.
  • Cite the methods for assessing victims of domestic abuse in a clinical setting.
  • State the importance of assessing and reporting domestic abuse as a healthcare provider.