In this webinar, therapists learned how to start to identify and conceptualize intimate partner violence (IPV), gained some tools for increasing safety for victims, and understood the role of therapy in addressing this complex experience in the lives of patients.

Margaret Hobart, PhD

Research has consistently indicated that about 25% of women and 16% of men report lifetime exposure to at least one form of intimate partner violence (Breiding, Black, & Ryan, 2008).  Intimate partner violence can be fatal.  The most common form of IPV is men abusing female partners.  However, men can also be victims of intimate partner violence, by either male or female partners.  IPV occurs in LGBTQ relationships as well as heterosexual relationships (Walters, Chen and Breidling, 2013).  Regardless of the relationship setting, IPV extracts a significant toll on the victims of abuse in terms of physical health, mental health, social connectedness, economic and housing stability, capacity to parent and work.

People seeking help with the impacts of domestic violence (as either victims or abusers) may present with depression, anxiety, self-harm, panic, substance abuse or other issues; they may not tell a counselor or therapist that they are experiencing IPV without thoughtful assessment. Safe, effective intervention requires specialized knowledge. Few graduate training programs prepare therapists with evidence-based approaches to identifying and assessing domestic violence.  Few professionals find themselves prepared to treat victims or perpetrators of abuse in ways which address the material and emotional impacts and challenges related to abuse, and that do not inadvertently increase danger.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define domestic violence and intimate partner violence
  • Summarize the prevalence and impact of domestic violence/intimate partner violence
  • Recognize the connection between domestic violence and suicide for both victims and perpetrators of abuse.
  • Name two inherent limits of therapeutic interventions for IPV and two strategies for therapists to compensate for these limits
  • Differentiate between three types of risks victims of IPV face that must be considered when making plans to increase victim safety
  • Recognize three ways domestic violence advocates may be helpful to therapists and to clients.
  • Identify credible online resources for ongoing learning regarding IPV in the context of therapy and mental health.

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio to join the live sessions.


Dr. Hobart has worked in organizations dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence over 30 years. She began the Washington State Domestic Violence Fatality Review in 1997; after two years of being housed in Washington's Dept. of Social and Health Services, the project moved to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1999. In 2005, she shifted focus to children affected by domestic violence, parenting in the context of domestic violence, DV shelter policy and design. Dr. Hobart co-authored DSHS's Social Worker's Guide to Domestic Violence with Dr. Anne Ganley. In March 2014, she moved to The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors. There she coordinates the National LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center. She received her PhD in Political Science in 2003 from the UW.  Her dissertation examined how advocacy and institutional responses to domestic violence shapes survivors' sense of power and possibility in the private sphere as they respond to violence and abuse.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1.5 CE credits for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.



Past Reviews

A well designed course on a topic many practitioners are not familiar with. -Marily Foley

Must see for continued and informed education! -Beth Lewis, LMHC

Nonjudgmental, informative, client-centered, and most importantly (to me) non-dogmatic approach to the topic that, as a practitioner working primarily with survivors of IPV, I found VERY refreshing. -Anonymous