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Author: Joanne Brewer, M.P.H.

1. Class Outline

1.1. Definitions and Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

  • Behavioral definition
  • Legal definition (MA)
  • Prevalence statistics
  • Clarification of some myths regarding IPV

1.2. General and Oral Health Effect of IPV

  • Why is IPV a public health issue?
  • Why is IPV a dental health issue?
  • Overview of IPV and its impact on health
  • Specific ways that IPV can impact oral health

1.3. Types of Abuse

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Understanding Power and Control, patterns of abuse

1.4. Dynamics of Abusive Relationships

  • Overview of various theories that help to understand the dynamics and patterns of abusive behavior including the purpose, manifestations, and effects of abuse over time
  • IPV as a form/source of trauma
  • Understanding barriers to leaving an abusive relationship

1.5. Multi-Disciplinary Responses to IPV

  • Overview of resources and various responses that have been developed over time and across disciplines to address IPV (prevention and intervention)
  • Birdcage exercise - Role play that demonstrates how various types of providers can either support or hinder patients’ efforts to seek help depending on responses to various statements made by the patient survivor of abuse. (adapted from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1999)

1.6. The Role of the Dental Provider

  • Brief introduction to the role that Dental Providers can play as part of a community-wide response to IPV
  • List of general resources, IPV national and local hotlines