Domestic Violence 3 Hour: Focus on Child Abuse

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Release date: 7/1/2020

Expiration date: 6/1/2024


This course focuses on child maltreatment, abuse and neglect within the larger context of domestic or family violence. While there are several explanatory models to explain how and why one seeks to hurt another, the dynamics of domestic violence are presented using Pence and Paymer’s power and control wheel as a guiding explanatory model (1986, 2017)1. This perspective is the foundation for the Duluth model for explaining domestic/family violence and is applicable to violence surrounding children.  Common forms of child maltreatment, abuse and neglect are described and categorized with physical and behavioral symptoms. Opportunities for preventive education and support are described. Health care professionals’ responsibilities and mandates regarding recognition, intervention, reporting, documentation and prevention are all addressed. This course meets criteria for continuing education in the states of Florida and Kentucky, and provides a general background of information that is applicable to health care professionals residing in any portion of the United States.


This course is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, and mental health counselors.


Upon completion of the educational activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Define domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and the four primary sub categories.
  • Identify the primary components of the power and control wheel and the phases of abuse.
  • Differentiate the defining characteristics for physical, sexual, psychological and environmental abuse.
  • Describe the characteristics of physical, emotional and sexual child abuse and neglect.
  • Describe the major implications, interventions, and healthcare responsibilities related to child abuse and neglect.
  • Identify where to locate community, regional and national resources available for those affected by abuse.
  • Describe how to report suspected child abuse or neglect in the state in which the health care professional practices and obtain relevant state information.


In order to receive credit, participants should read the entire monograph, complete and submit an evaluation and score at least 70% on the self-assessment test. Certificates will be available in the transcripts upon successful completion of the self-assessment test. If you have questions about this CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at [email protected].

CE Credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare. 

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AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Credit being awarded: 3.0 ANCC contact hours

FL Nursing

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is approved as a provider of continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-2560.  This activity is awarded 3.0 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

National Accreditations

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 030803. This activity is approved for 3.0 contact hour(s) (which includes 0 hour(s) of pharmacology).

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy And Mental Health

Florida Department of Health: BAP 30. Approved for 3.0 clock hours.

This course is NOT approved to meet the Child Abuse Education requirement for health care professionals in New York State.


Mary Kathleen Ebener PhD, RN

Dr. Ebener teaches courses in nursing, healthcare and statistical analysis. She is currently employed at, Florida State College at Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida as Dean of Nursing. She holds a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University; her MSN is from Andrews University, MI; and her PhD. is from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Dr. Ebener has no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose.

Planners and Reviewers

Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN – CE Director of Accreditations/Lead Nurse Planner has no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose.

Bernadette Marie Makar, MSN, NP-C, APRN-C – Nurse Planner has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

AKH and CE University staff, planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


There is no commercial support for this activity.


It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity.


This educational activity does not include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


AKH Inc.’s courses are designed solely to provide healthcare professionals with information to assist in their practice and professional development. The courses are researched thoroughly, utilizing current literature and including practical experiences. AKH’s courses are not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The courses serve as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, they cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH educational courses do not endorse commercial products. The author(s) and the publisher specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the courses. AKH further disclaims any responsibility for undetected errors, or from the reader’s misunderstanding of the course.