MedCircle Original Series

Intimate Partner Violence: On-the-Job Strategies to Aid Survivors

1 in 4 women suffer severe domestic violence, & in some communities, it’s so widespread that it becomes ingrained in daily life. Here’s how to help survivors.

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Series Overview

Intimate Partner Violence & Why It’s Prevalent in Certain Communities 10 Min

Dr. Taslim kicks off the series with insight on why some communities appear to have higher rates of intimate partner violence. She explains what constitutes IPV, and how the mental health impacts of IPV might manifest in a victim’s life. She also shares more about her own practice and her treatment approaches with her own patients.

Understanding Abusive Behavior & the Effects on the Victim & Family 14 Min

Dr. Taslim breaks down what intimate partner violence is NOT, and what makes a relationship healthy versus unhealthy. She also walks through why a relationship might become unhealthy and even abusive. Dr. Taslim also breaks down the short- and long-term mental health effects of IPV on a child who sees this violence between their parents.

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Intimate Partner Violence 11 Min

Violence doesn’t just start one day; it slowly happens and increases over time. Dr. Taslim breaks down this progression and how to spot its symptoms. She also shares specific strategies that doctors, nurses, first responders, and mental health professionals can use to recognize the behaviors that might indicate intimate partner violence.

What to Do After Spotting the Signs of IPV (Best Practices) 12 Min

Dr. Taslim walks through a step-by-step process for helping a patient or loved one deal with (or even escape) a situation involving intimate partner violence. She shares the questions to ask, and how to handle the situation if the patient or loved one doesn’t admit to experiencing IPV. She also explains what NOT to do once you spot the signs of IPV.

How to Interact with a Survivor of IPV (Best Practices) 12 Min

Dr. Taslim explains how a first responder can effectively interact with someone who has been victim to intimate partner violence - especially in an escalated situation. She shares what questions to ask and NOT to ask, and when a first responder should be worried about re-traumatizing a victim.

How to Find & Utilize Treatments & Community Resources for IPV Survivors 10 Min

In our final session, Dr. Taslim explains what community resources survivors need - and the ones that helping professionals should know so that they can point these survivors in the right direction. She shares short- and long-term treatment strategies for survivors of IPV and their families.


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About the Series

Approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner violence. This type of abuse is more than just physical violence; it includes sexual abuse, stalking, and even emotional manipulation.

In some communities, intimate partner violence (IPV) is so widespread that it becomes ingrained in day-to-day life. This can make it difficult for first responders and helping professionals to spot the signs of IPV and improve the health outcomes of the people affected.

This improvement begins with the necessary education.

In this first-of-its-kind series, Toronto-based clinical psychologist Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee breaks down why there are higher rates of IPV in certain communities. You’ll understand the mental health impacts of IPV on the victim, as well as the rest of their family. You’ll gain crucial tips for spotting the warning signs of IPV, and how to effectively communicate with survivors every step of the way.

Plus, if you’re a first responder or helping professional, you’ll learn the best on-the-job practices and treatment strategies for supporting survivors of this type of abuse.

Helping professionals and first responders have a duty to keep the people they serve safe – and that starts with being better informed on the most common issues facing those communities. This takes an understanding of the full picture; intimate partner violence cannot be addressed without understanding the community in which it takes place. This series serves as a guiding light to begin combating intimate partner violence.

Who is this series for?

Those who are suffering through/have suffered from intimate partner violence will feel empowered to better cope with IPV through an understanding of the health professionals’ perspective - and the utilization of community resources.

Helping professionals and first responders can better equip themselves to aid victims and survivors of intimate partner violence - especially in communities where IPV may go unnoticed.

"Honestly, it took me years to finally have the mental capacity to start educating myself on this topic. I am glad I took this step and I am very satisfied with this series. Dr. Taslim may be my favorite MedCircle doctor now."
MedCircle Member

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • What first responders and helping professionals absolutely need to know when it comes to intimate partner violence in certain communities
  • What the (often) slow progression of behavioral and cognitive signs of IPV looks like in different treatment settings
  • Steps to take once you spot the signs of IPV in a patient or member of the community you serve
  • How first responders can effectively interact with those suffering from IPV, without re-traumatizing them
  • What to do versus what NOT to do as a health professional treating someone who has suffered through IPV
  • The short- and long-term treatments, interventions, and community resources available to survivors of IPV
  • The best treatment and communication strategies to utilize with survivors of IPV

“[Intimate partner violence] historically has always been under the guise of ‘men are violent, and men exist under the umbrella of male privilege.’ But so many men, and especially men that come from marginalized communities, have survived their own violence…[and] whether that’s the structural violence they’re made to survive every single day, people are hurting, and people are looking to heal or looking to survive.”

Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.


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