Domestic Violence

Learning Objectives

1. Identify various types of domestic violence actions and provide typical examples of each type of abuse.
2. Provide a perspective on substance abuse and woman abuse by discussing seven specific factors.
3. Describe six stages of gay relationships.
4. Cite statistics showing the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence.
5. Discuss additional factors such as cultural background, mutual domestic violence, substance abuse, etc. that should be considered while assessing for domestic violence.
6. Discuss the overlap and consequences of child abuse, domestic violence, and youth violence.

Course Contents

1. The Basics of Domestic Violence

  • What is Domestic Violence?
  • Domestic Violence Myths
  • Barriers to Leaving an Abusive Relationship
  • The Impact of Domestic Violence on Victims
  • Strategies Victims Use to Protect Themselves and Their Children
  • Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
  • Behavioral Characteristics of Abusers

2. Patterns of Emotional Abuse

  • Identifying Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Chart of Coercion

3. Substance Abuse and Woman Abuse by Male Partners

  • Perspectives On Substance Abuse and Woman Abuse
  • Substance Abuse and Batterers
  • Substance Abuse and Battered Women
  • Conclusion and Recommendations
  • References

4. Marital Rape

  • Introduction
  • A Brief Legal History of Marital Rape
  • The Occurrence of Marital Rape
  • The Effects of Marital Rape
  • Intervention with Marital Rape Survivors
  • Conclusions
  • References

5. Domestic Violence in Gay and Lesbian Couples

  • Introduction
  • Terms
  • Stages of Gay Relationship Development
  • Introduction to Gay Male Domestic Violence
  • Characteristics of Domestic Violence in Straight Relationships
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Special Issues in LGBT Domestic Violence

6. Elder Abuse

  • Elder Abuse Is a Serious Problem
  • Major Types of Elder Abuse

7. The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence

  • The Co-occurence of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence
  • Children?s Exposure to Domestic Violence
  • Professionals Responding to Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence: In Search of Common Ground

8. Child Protection Practices with Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

  • Guiding Principles and Desired Outcomes
  • Practice Guidelines for Initial Screening
  • Practice Guidelines for Family Assessment
  • Practice Recommendations for Assessing the Alleged Victim
  • Practice Recommendations for Assessing the Children
  • Practice Recommendations for Assessing the Alleged Domestic Violence Perpetrator
  • Additional Factors to Consider During Assessment
  • Safety Planning with Adult and Child Victims
  • Case Decision
  • Case Planning for Cases Involving Domestic Violence
  • Case Closure

9. Children and Domestic Violence: Resources For Professionals

  • Scope of the Problem
  • Resources for Further Information
  • References
  • Endnotes

10. Preventing Domestic Violence: Clinical Guidelines on Routine Screening

  • Overview
  • Rationale
  • Recommended Practice
  • Future Considerations
  • General Screening Policy
  • Specific Health Care Settings
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Suggested Screening Questions
  • References

11. Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Violence: Strategies for Prevention and Early Intervention

  • Overlap and Consequences of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Youth Violence
  • Need for Prevention/Early Intervention of Family and Youth Violence 201
  • Elements of Successful Family and Youth Violence Prevention/ Early Intervention Efforts
  • References

12. Programs for Batterers

  • Overview
  • Four Areas of Concern
  • Philosophies
  • Methods
  • Are Programs For Batterers Effective?
  • Bibliography

13. Domestic Violence: A Workplace Issue

  • What Employers Can Do
  • What Unions Can Do
  • Endnotes

14. Enhancing Caseworker Safety and Support in Child Protection Cases Involving Domestic Violence

15. Building Collaborative Responses for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence


  1. Resource List
  2. Child Abuse Reporting Numbers
  3. Stages of Change
  4. Domestic Violence Assessment: Victim
  5. Domestic Violence: Child
  6. Domestic Violence Assessment: Alleged Perpetrator
  7. Safety Plans
  8. Developing a Memorandum of Understanding