This one hour online training provides practical, actionable guidance for enhancing your clinical practice based on recommendations around screening intervention for Intimate Partner Abuse (IPA). Many specialty practice groups, including the American Medical Association, recommend routine screening for IPA as part of high-quality standards of care -- yet many physicians do not regularly or effectively conduct that screening for a variety of reasons. When screening for IPA is done, it is often conducted using unsafe or ineffective methods.


For practicing healthcare providers, this training highlights data and research on the rates of prevalence and indicators for IPA, as well as their roles in intervening successfully with patients. It also provides concrete ways for you to integrate screening into your routine patient assessments, recognize health-related impacts of IPA, and respond appropriately using effective interventions when you receive a disclosure.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of IPA.
  • List at least 3 health related impacts of IPA.
  • Describe one screening question and an appropriate response to a disclosure.

Target Audience

All healthcare providers.


CME Information

Release Date: July 25, 2012
Latest Review: Elizabeth Speakman, LICSW, on July 15, 2014
Expiration Date: July 25, 2015

To receive credit for this activity, view the presentation and complete the post-test and activity evaluation.


Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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

Psychologists: The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 1 Continuing Education (CE) credit for psychologists.

Nurses, Social Workers, and other Providers: Nurses, Social Workers, and other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course. Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of Partners HealthCare System that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. Partners HealthCare System has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity

Planner Disclosures

The following planners of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose:

Tristan Gorrindo, MD

Elizabeth Speakman, LICSW, Reviewer

Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose:

Wendy L. Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH

Elizabeth Speakman, LICSW

Erin Tracy, MD

Reviewer Disclosures

The following reviewers of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose:

Elizabeth Speakman, LICSW

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+ 
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+ 
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera

Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit