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Florida Domestic Violence

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Course Overview

Florida Domestic Violence

Author: Maureen Sullivan-Tevault

This fulfills the continuing education requirement of Domestic Violence for the state of Florida.

Domestic violence is defined as violent or aggressive behavior occurring within the home and usually involves the abuse of a spouse or partner.  In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than 10 million adults have been subjected to domestic violence during the course of a year.

This statistic translates to an incident of domestic violence occurring every 3 seconds.  Due to the increasing prevalence of domestic violence in society, there is a high probability that all healthcare professionals will evaluate and treat a victim (and quite possibly a perpetrator as well) of domestic violence at some time during their healthcare career.  The importance of ongoing education and global awareness cannot be understated.  


Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Forms of Domestic Violence 
  3. Profiles of Victims and Abusers 
  4. Screening for Domestic Violence 
    1. Initial Interactions 
    2. Screening Tools 
    3. Potential Signs 
  5. Importance of Trauma-Informed Care  
  6. Legal Issues: Florida Mandatory Reporting Laws  
  7. Elements of a Safety Plan (Escape Plan) 
    1. Before Leaving 
    2. When Leaving 
    3. After Leaving 
  8. The Effects of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence 
  9. Case Study 
  10. Domestic Violence Resources 
    1. Florida-Specific 
    2. National 
  11. Conclusion 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss domestic violence in Florida. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify different types of domestic violence.
  2. Discuss possible indicators of abuse (presenting symptoms) that healthcare providers may recognize in a patient care setting.
  3. Summarize trauma informed approaches to care of a suspected domestic violence victim.
  4. Explore both the incidence and prevalence of domestic violence on a national level.
  5. Identify available resources (hotlines, shelters, legal assistance, batterer counseling, child protection services) for domestic violence victims on both a state and national level. 
  6. Discuss risk factors abuser profile. 
  7. Verbalize understanding of Florida mandatory reporting laws (state laws).
  8. Discuss the effects of COVID-19 on domestic violence.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983) 

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course Created on March 09, 2021

Course Renewed on: February 09, 2024

Course Expires on: February 09, 2027

Course Offering: #16