Domestic violence is a health care problem of epidemic proportions in Florida and throughout the country. Dentists are being called upon to routinely screen their patients for signs of domestic violence just as they screen patients for high blood pressure or head and neck cancer. This screening activity can save lives by providing abuse victims with protection before they become a fatality. The oral health team is required to report suspected incidents of abuse or neglect involving children and vulnerable adults to the Florida Department of Children and Families for proper investigation. This course is intended to provide the oral health team with the information they need to begin screening patients for signs of domestic violence. In addition it offers guidelines for interviewing patients who are suspected victims of domestic violence and it explains the reporting process.
- Abuse and Neglect of Children
- Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Violence)
- Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable Adults (Disabled and the Elderly)
- Screening Guidelines
- Reporting Requirements
Paul Burtner, D.M.D.
Dr. Burtner is an Associate Professor with the UF Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
He is involved in providing oral health care to people with disabilities and developing strategies to improve access to comprehensive oral health care for this special population. Research interests include: identification and reduction of health care access barriers for people with disabilities, accommodation of people with disabilities in the general dental practice and development of strategies to improve oral hygiene. Educational interests include: web-based learning and multimedia presentation.
Neither I nor my immediate family have any financial interests that would create a conflict of interest or restrict my independent judgment with regard to the content of this course.
Continuing Education Units
2 contact hours. Online.
Participants have 180 days to complete the online course.
Original release date: July 1, 2009. Reviewed March 30, 2015 and will expire February 29, 2017