• Identify vulnerable populations
  • Identify general categories of harm as they relate to at-risk populations
  • Identify specific types of abuse and neglect, including behavioral and physical indicators
  • Gain an understanding of relevant prevalence data
  • Identify perpetrator, victim and environmental factors correlated with risk of abuse
  • Gain an understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding the reporting of abuse and neglect.
  • Gain an understanding of the general policies related to abuse reporting
  • Identify the 9 core values of domestic violence courts
  • Differentiate between drug courts and domestic violence courts
  • Delineate the components of an effective domestic violence court
  • Present areas for evaluation and accountability
  • Assess sentencing models
  • Develop an action plan for creating domestic violence courts
  • Childhood experience with domestic violence
  • Violence against children
  • Domestic Violence awareness for probation and pretrial
  • Taking a stand against domestic violence (ABC special)
  • Describe the Power and Control Wheel
  • Identify the consequences of domestic abuse on the primary and secondary victims
  • List the seven steps in initial abuse screening (Ask, acknowledge, validate, assess safety, explore options, refer, document.)
  • Identify the benefits of universal screening for domestic violence
  • Be able to identify the “next” question to ask when there is identification of abuse
  • Identify how to respond when the woman says “no” but there is a suspicion of abuse
  • Identify factors that may prevent a woman from disclosing abuse
  • Identify the 4 things necessary in any documentation of abuse
  • Understand the laws relating to reporting domestic abuse in the United States
  • Explore major societal concerns, including violence, stress, person abuse, substance abuse
  • Discuss the link between domestic violence and alcohol abuse
  • Identify strategies for domestic violence prevention and control
  • Explore the psychology underlying domestic violence


  • Define the different types of abuse
  • Review important things to be aware of prior to interviewing the victim and the perpetrator
  • Define the concerns that are relevant when completing an assessment of imminent danger
  • Review the 8 spokes of influence on the power and control wheel
  • Contrast the power and control wheel with the equality wheel dimensions


  • Review of the mental health professional guidelines.
  • Learn important points of "batterer” and victim/survivor referrals
  • Explore important points about couples counseling when there is domestic violence
  • Explore the rationale for group treatment for those who batter
  • Concurrent alcohol or other drug treatment
  • Assessment of those who batter: Limits of confidentiality; procedure, discussion of program goals and limitations, partner contacts, diagnosis
  • Assessment and treatment of victims/survivors
  • Characteristics of those who batter and of victims
  • Explore crisis/ disaster counseling
  • Define Rape Trauma Stress Disorder
  • Identify characteristics of persons with RTSD
  • Discuss interventions for RTSD

Course Objectives:

  • Define domestic violence. Explore major societal concerns, including violence, stress, person abuse
  • Describe the connections between substance abuse and domestic violence.
  • Discuss how substance abuse affects treatment effectiveness.
  • Define the components of holistic treatment.
  • Describe effective methods of screening survivors.
  • Identify components of crisis intervention.
  • Discuss treatment planning for the survivor.
  • List actions to include in a safety plan to prepare for and prevent a domestic violence attack.
  • List actions to take during a domestic violence attack.
  • List safety actions to teach children.
  • Discuss laws and legal resources that can help victims of abuse.
  • Explore psychosocial issues associated with substance use and domestic violence.
  • Discuss the connection between child abuse or neglect and domestic violence.
  • Identify local, state and federal laws; laws regarding disclosure and consent; and legal obligations the provider has regarding reporting abuse.
  • Discuss ways to support and plan treatment for batterers.
  • Identify components of The Violence Against Women Act.
  • List legal resources available to victims, batterers and professionals regarding domestic violence.


The student will learn about:

  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Domestic Violence Advocacy
  • Tips for Creating a Welcoming Environment
  • Tips for Enhancing Emotional Safety
  • Tips for Supporting Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: What You Might See and What You Can Do
  • Practical Tips for Increasing Access to Services
  • Tips for Discussing a Mental Health Referral with DV Survivors
  • Tips for Supporting Survivors with Reduced Energy
  • Tips for Making Connections with Survivors Experiencing Psychiatric Disabilities