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A Domestic Violence: An IPE Activity

Contributed on February 20, 2015, last updated June 29, 2022.



Mireille Walsh, MScN, RN, Northern College
Larry Walsh, BA, Sergeant, Ontario Provincial Police
Mack Pettigrew, Retired Sergeant, Police Foundations Professor, Ontario Provincial Police, Northern College
Terry Price, Paramedic Professor, Northern College

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The scenario depicts a victim from a domestic violence. It starts from an apartment setting with a 911 call, wanting to press charges for assault. However, when police foundation students arrive, the victim is found unresponsive. Paramedic students are called to the scene. the victim is then transported to the ER setting. Interactions between nursing, paramedic, and police foundations students is facilitated. Social service worker students are observing the communication and interactions between the disciplines.
This scenario requires students from senior years to participate as knowledge is required to provide appropriate actions/interventions.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this scenario, learners will be able to:
1. Share their thought process as they collaborated with the other disciplines
2. Identify what they feel they did well when communicating with the other disciplines
3. Identify what they would do differently when communicating with the other disciplines
4. Share what they will do differently when engaged in a future similar situation

Simulation Modality:



Simman 3G because of its portability from one setting to another


The first draft of the scenario was created by an RN with ER experience. Content expert was provided by a paramedic and two police officers. A dry run was done with faculty from each discipline to identify gaps. Scenario revisions were implemented. Second dry run was completed with faculty. Minor revisions required such as figuring out dispatch to ER from paramedic students, clipboard availability for ACR, etc.
The scenario udnerwent 6 cycles involving BScN, PN, police foundations, paramedic and social service worker students (total 47 participants)
This scenario can easily include medical and RT students.


Walsh M, Walsh L, Pettigrew M, Price T. A Domestic Violence: An IPE Activity. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2015. Available from

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Target Learners




Police or Law Enforcement
Social Work


Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Emergency / trauma

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