Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide: Intersections in Context and Practice
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Expires on Aug 18, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 08/18/2022 - 8/18/2025


FREE - $0
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. RS20201621-05 from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the sole owner of the activity content, including views expressed in written materials and by the speakers. 

This webinar will provide an overview of the intersection between intimate partner violence (IPV) and suicide in the United States. The presentation will address considerations for screening and assessing for suicide risk in individuals who have experienced IPV. Information will be provided on how to conduct effective safety planning for suicide prevention with individuals who have experienced IPV and are at risk for suicide 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on August 17, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and suicide.  
  • Identify key signs for Intimate Partner Violence  victimization in patients.  
  • Implement an IPV safety plan is and how it can help individuals at risk of IPV.  
  • Describe what a suicide safety plan is and how it can help individuals at risk for suicide. 
  • Integrate IPV safety planning and suicide safety planning for at-risk patients. 

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant , Other mental health professionals

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: August 18, 2022
End Date: August 18, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.       

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.    

Program Presenters

  • Heidi Kar is the Education Development Center’s (EDC) principal advisor for mental health, trauma, and violence. A licensed clinical psychologist and global mental health expert, she provides strategic direction, oversees business development, and leads EDC’s work on raising external visibility on mental health, trauma, and violence. Kar oversees mental health and resiliency-based interventions to address the needs of underserved and vulnerable communities. Previously, she worked with International Rescue Committee, International Center for Research on Women, and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work serves domestic violence survivors and perpetrators, vulnerable youth, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, law enforcement officers, veterans, and other at-risk populations. 

Kar is an invited member of the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance and the Forum on Global Violence Prevention of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A media spokesperson, Kar’s expertise has been spotlighted by New Day, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and KCRW. Kar holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and an MHS in International Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. Heidi reports no financial relationships with commercial interest. 

Program Planners

  • Ebony Harris, MS, Associate Director of Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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