Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Abuse among LGBT People


Course Description: This course provides an overview of existing research on intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual abuse (IPSA) among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and makes recommendations for future research. The researchers reviewed 42 studies, from 1989 to the present, that include findings on the prevalence of IPV and IPSA, survivors’ barriers to seeking help, and the quality of available assistance for LGBT people. Most studies reviewed for this report found a lifetime prevalence of IPV among lesbian and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, and transgender people that is as high as or higher than the U.S. general population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the prevalence of intimate partner violence and sexual abuse among LGBT people
  • Describe the impact of the barriers to seeking help
  • Compare the quality of help that is available from different sources

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): Taylor N. T. Brown, MPP, and Jody L. Herman, PhD

Content Publisher(s): The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Taylor N. T. Brown is a Public Policy Analyst at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. He holds a Master of Public Policy from The University of Virginia.

Jody L. Herman is a Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from The George Washington University.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 05/02/2017 – 05/02/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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