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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to explore ways nurses can understand and care for victims of violence.


OBJECTIVES: After completing this independent study unit, learners will be able to:


a. Identify models and beliefs that influence, inspire or sanction abuse of women.


b. Identify issues and "cycle of abuse" phases involved in domestic violence.


c. Examine ways to deal with violent individuals in the workplace.


d. Explore ways nurses can intervene and counsel victims of violence.


e. Evaluate options for personal involvement in standing against violence in society.