The presenter will explore multiple issues, factors, and systems as they relate to intimate partner violence and children who are exposed to batterers. The workshop will allow for exploration and discussion regarding appropriate, proactive, safe interventions when addressing families surviving intimate partner abuse. This workshop fulfills the domestic violence requirement for helping professionals.

This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels, and consists of a recorded lecture and interactive post test.

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify common dynamics associated with intimate partner violence.
  • Describe the impact of violence on adult and child victims.
  • Assess common lethality and risk issues that occur in intimate partner violence situations.
  • Conclude the legal remedies and community resources available for the protection of victims.

Since December 2004, Darlene B. Thomas, has served as the Executive Director, for the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program in Lexington, Kentucky. In her 20+year career as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault she has been responsible for direct service in the areas of counseling, legal advocacy, crisis intervention, financial literacy and public education. Her administrative duties began in 1993 by coordinating rural services to survivors, developing community collaborations, and education intervention programs. Her most recent responsibilities include oversight of programs and staff management for residential, non-residential, rural, legal, medical, children, and immigrant services. Ms. Thomas provides leadership for multiple community collaborations and committees; provides expert testimony on legal cases; and facilitates professional development training local, state and national forums. She has traveled to Constanta, Romania twice as a consultant regarding the development and implementation of a domestic violence service delivery system that included government and community stakeholders. She is Central Regional Vice President and Legislative Chair for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Board of Directors. Ms. Thomas earned a B.A. in Sociology from Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky, and an M.S.S.W in Social Work Administration from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 - 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive three continuing education credits.

This course is also approved for 3.0 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, go here

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.

Course Originally Released on: 10/16/2018

If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Miranda Huffman at or at (859) 257-2895.



Credit Categories


Estimated Learning Time:

6h  30m


Online Course
Module 1 IPV Course materials and Videos
Lesson 1 Course Material - Understanding Intimate Partner Violence with update.
Lesson 2 Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Part 1
Lesson 3 Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Part 2
Lesson 4 Update - Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Part 3
Module 2 Course Quiz
Lesson 1 Quiz
Module 3 Course Feedback
Lesson 1 Feedback