Identifying and Supporting People Impacted by Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use

Substance use and intimate partner violence (IPV) are co-occurring public health crises in Maine, and the relationship between them is complex. This module is intended to help people who work in clinical or other caregiving roles to identify and effectively support people impacted by both substance use and IPV. The presenter will share evidence-based material as well as knowledge gained from clinical practice; there will also be time to reflect on and discuss this important topic as a group.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the relationship between intimate partner violence and substance use disorders.
  2. Understand how to determine if someone might be experiencing intimate partner violence.
  3. Discuss supportive interventions for persons coping with substance use and intimate partner violence.

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


  • Jesse Higgins
    Jesse Higgins

    Jesse Higgins RN, MSN is the Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. An Acadia provider since 2010, Jesse has practiced consultative psychiatry in a family medicine practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center since 2011. She developed and directs an integrated program that leverages licensed clinical social workers and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners on-site and via telehealth in outpatient medical practices throughout the state of Maine. The mission of this program is to improve access to behavioral health expertise for outpatient medical practice patients, families, providers, and staff. Jesse is a clinical leader and national speaker on topics that include integrated behavioral health, shared decision making, and strengthening medical practices as a trauma-informed access point for patients presenting with mental illness and substance use disorders. Jesse is proud to co-chair the Bangor Area Clinical Substance Use Workgroup, a clinical consortium that takes a collective public health approach to caring for patients and families impacted by substance use disorders; and serve on the Board of Trustees at Partners for Peace, the domestic violence resource center for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.


Jul 18 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine


Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine