Legal and ethical responsibilities as an MFT

Describe your legal and ethical responsibilities as an MFT as they relate to intimate partner violence.

B.) Imagine you have a couple attending their first intake session with you and you suspect the presence of intimate partner violence. What steps should you take?


  • Bray, B. (2019, June 24). Addressing intimate partner violence with clients. Counseling Today.
  • Zur Institute. (n.d.). Sections of codes of ethics relevant to spousal and partner abuse.
  • Leslie, R. (2017, June). Spousal abuse & confidentiality. CPH & Associates.

Deslypere, E., & Rober, P. (2018, November 20). Family secrecy in family therapy practice: An explorative focus group study. Retrieved from Google Scholar. *Click on the PDF extension to the right of the title in the results list.