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New Resource: Responding to Domestic Violence in Clinic Settings--Accredited Online Course Updated and Open for Registration

Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. (1)

Every 6 days in Canada a woman is killed by her intimate partner. (2)

In one study, 41% of intimate femicide victims were seen in a health care setting in the year prior to their death.

Despite these statistics, few medical, nursing or allied health programs include intimate partner violence in their undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education training programs and practicing health care providers frequently cite a lack of education or training among the barriers to identifying and caring for victims. (3)

Responding to Domestic Violence in Clinical Settings is an evidence-based, competency-driven online curriculum that prepares health care providers to better respond to women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. This project, funded by the Province of Ontario and available free of charge at is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Recently updated in 2015, the program was developed by an expert panel chaired by Dr. Robin Mason (Research Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute) and Dr. Brian Schwartz (Director of the Sunnybrook-Osler Centre for Prehospital Care/Chief, Emergency Preparedness for Public Health Ontario). The curriculum includes 17 interactive modules, housed in three “volumes” designed for different health care settings including: emergency departments, family practices, and perinatal clinics.

This e-learning course which utilizes a video-gaming platform, case presentations and animated patient avatars to engage users, is individually paced and available 24/7 making it convenient and accessible for busy professionals and students.

The program is available in English and French. Please visit to register and explore this innovative learning tool. We encourage you to share/forward this link with your fellow colleagues in order to help improve patient care across on Ontario and address the pervasiveness of and harm caused by domestic abuse.


(1) “The Violence Against Women Survey.” Statistics Canada . (1993). Web. 15 May 2009.

(2) Beattie, Sarah, and Cotter, Adam. “Homicide in Canada.” Statistics Canada; Juristat 30.3 (2010)  n. pag. Web.

(3) Stevens, L. “Screening for Sexual Violence: Gaps in Research and Recommendations for Change.” Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence:  (2007). Web.