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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2008


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Course Description

This course will survey theories regarding the causation 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 administrative, community practice, and research issues in the field. Specific topics to be addressed include: the bio-psycho-social needs of battered women, legal and criminal justice issues, types of domestic violence including physical, emotional, sexual, economic, and the use of children as weapons, batterers treatment program, school-based prevention programs targeting children and teens, and services to special populations including women of color, lesbians and gays, persons with disabilities, older women and women who are recent immigrants. As social workers and other human service workers may encounter families experiencing domestic violence in a variety of settings, this course provides an overview of contemporary issues in domestic violence, designed to empower future social work practitioners with the conceptual frameworks and knowledge base necessary for effective intervention.


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