Unintended Consequences: Intimate Partner Violence, Military Caregivers, and the Law (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the unique challenges facing military caregivers who experience intimate partner violence. Caregivers’ dependence on military members’ entitlements add additional complexities.  Risk factors for IPV perpetration are discussed, including injuries such as PTSD, SUD, and TBI.  Finally, the course discusses how state elder and disability abuse statutes add barriers for military caregivers who are considering leaving the relationship.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Readings:  Unintended Consequences:  Intimate Partner Violence, Military Caregivers, and the Law by Corrine E. Hinton published in the Journal of Veterans Studies

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring intimate partner violence, military caregivers, and the law.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the unique challenges facing military caregivers.  Identify risk factors for veteran-perpetrated IPV.  Describe how US criminal statutes affect IPV departure for military caregivers.

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Course Available Until: July 31, 2025.

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1: For military caregivers, escaping IPV is fraught with ___________ challenges.
2: Of the estimated number of military caregivers to post-9/11 veterans, __________ are spouses.
3: In ____________, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) "was formally amended to include domestic violence as a distinct and recognized offense."
4: Among the populations of women receiving care through the VHA, intimate partner violence seems to occur at greater frequency for
5: In comparison to nonveteran women, women veterans are at a ________ risk of experiencing lifetime IPV.
6: Which of the following is a risk factor for veteran-perpetrated IPV against spouses or intimate partners?
7: Individuals diagnosed with PTSD are ________ likely to perpetrate IPV against their partners.
8: Individuals diagnosed with PTSD are _________ likely to be victims of IPV.
9: A study of 520 Vietnam veterans who suffered head injury trauma reported increases in violent behavior almost __________  years after the injury occurrence.
10: Irritability, agitation, and aggression could be symptoms of
11: As veterans age, IPV risk _____________ for partners and spouses when those veterans have chronic, untreated PTSD or TBI symptomology.
12: Which caregiving group may be at greater risk for violence by their care recipients due to taking on new role, lack of training, and close emotional bonds?
13: The burden of the abusive behavior is often placed on the shoulders of the
14: Post-9/11 service members are more likely to have
15: When spousal caregivers interpret violent behavior as something outside of their veterans' control, they may be _________ likely to report those behaviors and feel even greater obligation to stay in the relationship.
16: Financial abuse occurs in _______ of domestic violence cases.
17: It can be assumed that caregivers with minor children will leave violent relationships.
18: Nearly all US statutes designed to protect adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and exploitation are __________ in nature.
19: By asking about ________________, a clearer distinction between PTSD symptoms and IPV tactics becomes possible.
20: Recommendations for supporting spousal caregivers in relationships with IPV include

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. She has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.