Domestic abuse occurs between two people in a close, intimate relationship. It is a public health concern in the United States. Each year 4.8 million women experience intimate partner related physical assault or rape, 2.9 million men experience intimate partner related physical assault and over 1,500 women (75%) and men (25%) die as a result of domestic violence. In Florida alone, there were 114,759 reported domestic violence offenses and 86 murders in 2009. Understanding abusive relationships will help you to see domestic abuse as a public health threat and identify and care for victims of abuse. This course will discuss domestic abuse, and will provide you with the information you need to identify victims, assess victims, refer victims to other resources, and report victims of this form of abuse.