This is the third module in a five-part series related to intimate partner violence (IPV), which is also referred to as spousal/partner abuse (SPA) and domestic violence (DV). Module 1 introduces the definition, prevalence, and types of IPV, in addition to the typical presentations and barriers to detecting IPV in clinical settings. Module 2 addresses issues related to screening, assessing, and treating victims of IPV, including safety planning and legal and ethical issues. Module 3 addresses issues related to individuals who batter, including risk factors, typologies and characteristics, treatment, and recidivism rates. Module 4 explores issues related to the impact of IPV on children and teens, along with current trends in teen-dating violence. Module 5 explores IPV within the global context and discusses IPV among specific populations, including women of color, those in LGBT relationships, the military and law enforcement, and immigrant communities. Each module provides case vignettes, short web-based videos, reader exercises, and valuable resources.
California Mandated Pre-License Requirement: All five modules in the series can be used to meet the 15-hour pre-license requirement for coursework in spousal/partner abuse assessment and detection for California LCSW, LMFT, and LPCC licenses.
Continuing Education and Professional Development: This module can be taken alone or in combination with any of the other four modules in the five-part series as continuing education or professional development.
After completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Define the term “batterer” (someone who inflicts violent physical abuse) in relationship to other types of spousal/partner abuse (SPA) and intimate partner violence (IPV).
- Identify the existing typologies and characteristics related to men who batter and the known common characteristics of women who batter.
- Identify the risk factors associated with male and female battering behavior.
- Identify components of interventions and treatment programs for men and women who batter.
- Identify components of certified batterer intervention (CBI) programs and the special legal and ethical challenges related to court-mandated treatment.
- Identify issues and trends related to attrition and recidivism rates in batterer intervention programs.