Skip Navigation
UT wordmark
College of Liberal Arts wordmark
cwgs masthead
Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Summer 2006

WGS F393 • Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
90032 F
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
9:00 AM-5:30 PM
SSW 2.132
SSW 2.132
Busch, Noel

Course Description

Class meets June 2-30.

This course will survey theories regarding the causes of domestic violence, the history of the contemporary battered women's movement, international, national, state, and local policy issues, prevention and intervention practice models, as well as adminisrative, community practice, and research issues in the field. Topics to be addressed include: the bio-psycho-social needs of battered women, legal and criminal justice issues, types of domestic violence, and the effects on children, batterers, and issues specific to traditiionally underserved populations including women of color, lesbians and gays, persons with disabilities, older women and women who are recent immigrants. This course provides an overview of contemporary issues in domestic violence, designed to provide future social work practitioners with the conceptual frameworks and knowledge base necessary for effective intervention.

Grading Policy

Safety Plan Paper 20 points Reaction Papers 20 points Readings and Presentation 20 points Small Group Project 30 points Class Participation 10 points


Copies of articles and books are available at the Learning Resource Center at the School of Social Work. Other assigned readings will be available on E-reserves. Required: Quindlen, A. (1999). Black and Blue. Mass Market Media Roberts, A. (Ed.) (2002). Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies. New York: Oxford Press. Recommended: Goldolf, E. (1998). Assessing woman battering in mental health services. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


bottom border