Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Systematic Review of Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors


Course Description: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a form of trauma that can result in significant mental health distress for victims. Rates of clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder are higher among abused versus non-abused women, particularly if victims have experienced other lifetime trauma. While there are numerous interventions designed to reduce trauma-induced mental health symptoms, most were originally developed to address events that have occurred in the past (e.g., combat, childhood sexual abuse).  Many IPV survivors are still under threat of ongoing abuse or stalking, which not only directly impacts their physical and psychological safety but impacts treatment options, as well. Little is known about the extent to which existing evidence-based trauma treatment modalities are applicable to, or require modification for, IPV survivors. This course reviews the trauma-based treatments that have been designed or modified specifically for IPV survivors and provides cautions and recommendations for moving forward.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the effectiveness of modifying cognitive behavioral therapy for IPV survivors
  • Analyze the effectiveness of trauma treatments for specific groups of IPV survivors
  • Analyze the effectiveness of integrative interventions that address trauma for IPV survivors

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Carole Warshaw, MD, and Cris M. Sullivan, PhD

Content Publisher(s): National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Warshaw is Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and the Executive Director, Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative

Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University. She is also a Senior Fellow of MSU’s Office on Outreach and Engagement.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

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