Domestic Violence, Information, 10-15-2011

  • Continuing Medical Education Activity Enduring Material

  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • CME Activity: Domestic Violence
  • Activity Faculty: Olivia Thomas, Executive Director, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. of Sarasota
  • Original Activity Date: January 15, 2011
  • Content most recently reviewed and revised: December 15, 2011
  • Content Expires: December 31, 2012
  • Estimated Time to complete this educational activity: Two hours

CME Purpose/Objectives:
  • Domestic violence is a major public health problem around the world and in the United States. It is a crime in all fifty states. Domestic violence refers to physical, verbal, psychological, sexual, or economic abuse (e.g., withholding money, lying about assets) used to exert power or control over someone or to prevent someone from making a free choice. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (2010), “This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.” Rape, incest, and dating violence are all considered to be forms of domestic violence.

    According to Florida s.741.28:
    Domestic violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury of one family or household member by another family or household member.

    Family or household member means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.

    Because the term domestic violence tends to overlook male victims as well as violence between same-sex partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prefers the more specific term intimate partner violence (IPV). Some agencies prefer the term domestic abuse because it makes visible the nonphysical components of an abusive situation; these include psychological or emotional abuse, threatening, and stalking, as well as neglect or financial exploitation, particularly of older people. Family violence is also used to describe abusive domestic situations because any children in the family are affected, either as witnesses of violence and/or as victims themselves.
  • Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:
  • 1. | Review information on the number of patients in the practice who are likely to be victims of Domestic Violence and the number who are likely to be perpetrators of Domestic Violence.
  • 2. | Discuss screening procedures for determining whether a patient has any history of being either a victim or a perpetrator of Domestic Violence.
  • 3. | Discuss error prevention
  • 4. | Describe how to provide patients with information on, or how to refer such patients to, resources in the local community

It is the policy of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System that CME speakers/authors and content planners disclose pertinent relationships to commercial entities which manufacture products/devices that may be mentioned during CME activity presentations

  • Olivia Thomas
  • Has no relevant relationships to disclose

CME Designation Statement:
Sarasota Memorial Hospital designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit tm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Fee:
You must register for the Program through Terri Levanti, CME Specialist in Medical Staff Services. An annual fee of $50 is required in order to receive CME; this fee includes all enduring material and live activities available through SMHCS’s CME program annually. Cash and checks can be accepted; checks should be made out to the Sarasota Medical Foundation. Terri can be reached at 941-917-5959 or via email at

Instructions for Claiming CME Credit:

  • 1. | View and/or listen to the activity presentation.
  • 2. | Complete evaluation.
  • 3. | Answer all test and evaluation questions; participants must correctly answer at least 70% of the test questions to receive credit.
  • A certificate of credit will be emailed to you at the email address you provided.
  • No grading or issuing of CME is done until the CME fee is received by the CME Specialist.

Bibliographic sources to allow for further study:
See attached pdf document

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