[DV1] Domestic Violence Worldwide

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; course presenter, John Hamel, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education to LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (#71799).  John Hamel maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

COURSE FEE: $75.  Instructor:  John Hamel, LCSW, License #15194

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In the United States, partner abuse, also known as domestic violence, has been found to be primarily a human and relational problem, rather than strictly one of gender or traditional social structures.  However, this may not be the case in the rest of the world, where research on this topic has lagged and attention has been on other concerns (such as famine and war) and other crimes against women (e.g., honor killings, genital mutilation.

This course examines findings from a comprehensive review of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals and by government agencies providing quantitative data on physical, psychological and sexual abuse of intimate partners, as well as risk factors and consequences, in countries outside of the United States and other English speaking developed nations.  A total of 162 articles reporting on over 200 studies in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe met the inclusion criteria, from various types of samples.  Most of the studies reported on female victimization only, but 73 reported on both male and female victimization.

Results of a data analysis on these findings, focused on the relationship between prevalence of abuse, human development and gender inequality, are discussed.  A model for understanding the various causes of domestic violence, based on Nested Ecological Theory, is then presented, examining the relative importance of societal, relationship and individual factors.

This course is intended for mental health professionals, victim advocates, batterer intervention providers, educators, policy-makers, and anyone else interested in the subject of domestic violence.  This is an in-depth course and appropriate for individuals with an intermediate knowledge of the subject, but is also appropriate for beginners.  The course course consists of Power Point slides with narration, and includes printable tables and references.  The final post-test consists of 40 questions.

Learning Objectives.  At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with prevalence rates of physical, psychological and sexual PA in countries outside the United States and other industrialized western countries.
  2. Identify the risk factors associated with partner abuse, as well as the impact that PA has on its victims.
  3. Become familiar with the role of gender in the prevalence, causes and consequences of PA, and the relevant social factors such as a country’s level of human development and women’s empowerment.

Cancellation Policy:  A participant who has registered and paid for the online course is entitled to a full refund up to 7 days following payment of the registration fee, provided that he/she has not completed any of the lessons or quizzes. The participant must request this refund in writing, and submit this request via e-mail to the course presenter, John Hamel, at johnmhamel@comcast.net. A participant who has completed any of the lessons, but did not complete the final post-test and did not receive a certificate, is entitled to a refund equal to 25% of the registration fee. If he/she sends a written request via e-mail to the course presenter. No administrative fee will be charged for any requests. All refunds will be issued within 7 business days of receipt.

ADA compliance:  All online courses are accessible to persons with disabilities and ADA compliant. If you have a special need and plan to take any course, please contact John Hamel, LCSW.  Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.

Full Course Syllabus:

Lesson One

  • Topic 1             Introduction
  • Topic 2             Partner Abuse in the United States
  • Topic 3             Theories on Partner Abuse
  • Topic 4             Gender Inequality Around the World
  • Quiz 1

Lesson Two

  • Topic 5             Results from Gender Inclusive Studies
  • Topic 6             Asia
  • Topic 7             Middle East
  • Topic 8             Africa
  • Topic 9             Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Topic 10           Europe
  • Topic 11           Summary of Gender-Inclusive Research
  • Topic 12           Studies Report on Female Victimization
  • Quiz 2

Lesson Three

  • Topic 13           Results of Data Analysis
  • Topic 14           Comparison to Data from the United States
  • Topic 15           Study Limitations
  • Topic 16           Social vs. Individual Factors
  • Topic 17           Recommendations and Resources

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