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Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: An Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

About the Course:

Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers to physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression (including coercive tactics, such as limiting access to money), or stalking by a person with whom one has a close personal relationship (e.g., former romantic relationship, spouse. While estimates of IPV prevalence varies for a variety of reasons, it’s been estimated that the lifetime prevalence (based on data from 2015) among women is 36.4% and 33.4% among men. Understandably, much has been done to help prevent and treat IPV. This study provides meta-analysis of 30 studies examining the screening and/or treatment of adult abuse victimization, and is based on research conducted by the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

This course is based on the article, Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: An Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force created by Cynthia Feltner, MD, MPH, et al. in 2018.

Publication Date:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Report No.: 18-05240-EF-1 2018

Course Material Authors

Cynthia Feltner, MD, MPH

Dr. Feltner is associate director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UNC. She also core faculty in Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and serve as the concentration lead for the master of public health (MPH) concentration in Population Health for Clinicians.

Ina Wallace, PhD

Ina F. Wallace, Ph.D. has more than 35 years of research and clinical experience concerning the health and development of children’s and adolescents. Trained in psychological measurement and evaluation, Dr. Wallace has expertise in assessment of children from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, evaluation of preventive interventions targeting children and families, and methods for conducting systematic literature reviews.

Nancy Berkman, PhD

Nancy D. Berkman is a health services researcher focusing on access to health care and health care quality. An expert in evidence-based effectiveness research, she conducts systematic literature reviews and develops methods for improving these reviews. Her quantitative work often draws on large secondary data sets from federal and commercial sources.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, emergency room staff, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who work with older populations. This course content is at the intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV).

  2. Identify 2 risk factors associated with IPV.

  3. Describe key literature findings regarding the potential benefits and harms of IPV screening.

  4. Discuss the various categories of IPV.

  5. Identify 3 current recommendations from other organizations regarding screening for IPV.

  6. Identify at least 2 IPV screening instruments.

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Course Number 102321
  • 4 credit hours
  • NBCC: 3.5 ce credit hours

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