Seminar in Domestic Violence & the Law (SD 516)


The course will begin with a history and overview of domestic violence. It will continue with a review of causes and effects, cross-cultural Issues (women of color, religious issues, disabled victims, elder abuse), gay and lesbian battering, civil restraining orders, children and domestic violence, law enforcement response, prosecutorial response, victims as defendants, victim advocacy, victims as criminal defendants, the abuser- interventions and treatment, immigration issues, and representation of battered clients. There will be a number of guest speakers and videos. In addition, students will observe criminal and family law domestic violence court hearings. Students will write a paper that meets the Upper Level Writing Requirement.


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