Goals and Objectives

The session presented will be of benefit to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.  Other specialists may also benefit from the session.

According to The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, research conducted over the past 30 years has consistently demonstrated that being victimized by an intimate partner increases one’s risk for developing depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and suicide, as well as a range of chronic health conditions. A tremendous barrier to diagnosing and treating domestic violence is a lack of knowledge and training for clinicians. It is essential that professionals providing care to at risk populations recognize the mounting evidence of associated health problems in domestic violence survivors. Healthcare providers should be alert to the serious possibility of partner abuse when evaluating or treating a patient with depressive symptoms. The goal of this session is to provide clinicians with screening techniques, communication skills, community resources for victims, and skills to recognize patients who may be suffering from depression or other associated health issues related to domestic violence.  Upon completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Define domestic violence;
  • Recognize the prevalence of domestic violence;
  • Discuss the impact of domestic violence on health care;
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms that should alert a physician to the possibility of domestic violence;
  • Describe methods to screen for domestic violence;
  • Identify community resources for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence;
  • Recognize signs of depression and the risk of substance abuse associated with domestic violence.

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 16h, 2017
Content Reviewed: November 16th, 2018
Valid for credit through:  November 27th, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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