Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey by Sexual Orientation


Course Description: The national prevalence data on intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking victimization by sexual orientation was researched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found that lesbians and gay men reported IPV and SV over their lifetimes at levels equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals; with sexual orientation based on respondents’ identification at the time of the survey. The survey also found that bisexual women (61.1 percent) report a higher prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner compared to both lesbian (43.8 percent) and heterosexual women (35 percent). Of the bisexual women who experienced IPV, approximately 90 percent reported having only male perpetrators, while two-thirds of lesbians reported having only female perpetrators of IPV.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the research on the prevalence of sexual violence and stalking victimization and intimate partner violence victimization stratified by sex and self-reported sexual orientation
  • Analyze the characteristics of victimization experiences including the number and sex of perpetrators and reported impact of violence by an intimate partner

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): Matthew J. Breiding, PhD , Mikel L. Walters, PhD, and Jieru Chen, MS

Content Publisher(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Breiding is a behavioral scientist and serves as team lead of the Traumatic Brain Injury Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP). He began his career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer, assigned to CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention. Dr. Breiding received a bachelor of science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University, and master's and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He completed a post-doctoral clinical residency at the Washington University in St. Louis Student Health and Counseling Center. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. He has coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, government reports, and book chapters, and has received a number of awards for his work in public health. 

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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