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Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Maltreatment: Implications for the Dental Professional


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Credit Hours:

1 Hour(s)


This continuing education course will provide information on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Elder Maltreatment (EM), describe their victims and perpetrators, and outline the dental professionals’ responsibilities to recognize, report, ...

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This continuing education course will provide information on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Elder Maltreatment (EM), describe their victims and perpetrators, and outline the dental professionals’ responsibilities to recognize, report, treat, and prevent such cases.

Dental Students: This is part one of a two-part continuing education series. The second part is Dr. Stephen Jessee’s “Child Abuse and Neglect” course. For students taking these courses, both courses should be completed. As healthcare providers, you are obligated to understand these topics and report, as appropriate.

IPV and EM are widespread problems that permeate all ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic segments of our society.  IPV is the leading health risk to women in the country and thousands of elderly are annually maltreated/exploited/neglected by family members.  Though all health professionals are legally mandated to report suspected cases of child maltreatment to the proper authorities, consistent with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they practice, medical reporting of cases of IPV and EM may vary by state.  If in doubt, ask; to fail to report when mandated could lead to loss of license.  Unfortunately, dentists, as a group, have been fairly inactive participants in recognizing and reporting IPV and EM when compared to other health professionals.  Many visual and behavioral symptoms of IPV and EM are easily discernable to dentists who are well-informed of and alert to these problems.  This continuing education course will provide information on IPV and EM; describe their victims and perpetrators; and outline dentists’ responsibilities to recognize, report, treat, and prevent such cases.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Dec 7, 2009

  • Last Revision Date:

    Mar 30, 2016

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Oct 14, 2019

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • List the types, signs, symptoms, and warning signs of physical and sexual IPV, and EM.    
  • Better understand the dentists’ obligations to identify and report IPV and EM.    
  • Describe the incidence and etiology of both conditions.    
  • Describe the physical and behavioral characteristics of the victims.    
  • Identify the various signs and symptoms of both conditions.    
  • Understand intervention techniques.    
  • Explain measures that dentists can take to prevent further instances of the condition.    
  • Grasp the magnitude of these problems and how they affect not only the victims but society as a whole.


P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein. Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy. Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The authors report no conflicts of interest associated with this course.


Drs. Amos Deinard and Stephen Jessee and Ms. Marniasha Ginsberg appreciate very much the editorial input provided by Dr. Larry Kuhl of Delta Dental State of Washington, and Dr. Lynn Douglas Mouden, Director of Office of Oral Health, Arkansas Dept. of Health; Professor, UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Sean Burke thanks the staff of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, Program Director Marit Peterson, and Executive Director Amanda Vickstrom.

Sean Burke

Sean Burke


Submission Information

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Submission For credit transfers to appear in your AGD account in real time, make sure to add your AGD membership number in the field provided on the “Share Your Test Score” page.

CE Broker For all states that use CE Broker for licensure, “proof of completions” are electronically reported the first of every month. If a course was taken in November, the “proof of completion” will be submitted the beginning of December.



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