This course will explore the legal, ethical and social issues raised by domestic violence, as well as the civil and criminal justice systemsí response to such violence. Topics to be studied include (1) the dynamics of domestic violence, (2) the effects of domestic violence on children (abuse, welfare, visitation and child fatalities), (3) race and culture matters (4) battered women as defendants and (5) prosecution of domestic violence and holding batterers accountable. This seminar will incorporate guest speakers (advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement, etc.) to discuss some of these topics. Each seminar student will be required to write a substantial research paper which may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. Students will be expected to do an oral presentation of their paper topic. Students will also be required to do courtroom observations.
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Last offered Fall 2016.