When Closeness Breeds Cruelty: Helping Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

Melissa Renee Schwartz, MSN, BSN, RNC



To identify, comfort, and aid victims, we need to stop turning a blind eye to the problem of domestic abuse.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information on how to recognize victims of intimate partner violence and take appropriate action.


1. Discuss the incidence of intimate partner violence (IPV).
2. Identify the health consequences of the various types of abuse.
3. Describe how to assess a patient for suspected abuse.
4. Discuss appropriate care for victims of IPV.


Melissa Renee Schwartz, MSN, BSN, RNC, is a Clinical Instructor at East Carolina University School of Nursing in Greenville, North Carolina.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.8

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014


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Non-Member Price: $20.00

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