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Spring 2014 - Domestic Violence and the Law

Gardner, Gretta G

Course ID: 378J  Unique # 29395  Credit Hours: 3
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Wednesday 10:30 am - 1:00 pm TNH 3.124
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This course is restricted to upper division students only.

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the battered women’s movement and its impact on the legal system’s response to domestic violence.  We begin with law and the social context of battering, including how the experience of abuse and the response to abuse is shaped by race, cultural identity, economic status, sexual orientation, and disabilities.  Criminal law aspects are addressed within the role of protective orders, prosecution, and defense (including self-defense for victims and ethical representation of batterers).  We next view how civil family law recognizes domestic violence in custody, divorce, visitation, and child protection matters.  Among other topics, the course will examine specialized areas of the law, which include tort liability for batterers and third parties (police, employers, etc.) and federal remedies under the Violence Against Women Act.  The class will discuss emerging issues like violence against women as a human rights violation and evolving sexual assault laws to identify the challenges of theory vs.  practice.  The focus of the class is to examine current gaps and barriers in the legal response to intimate partner violence and propose systemic change through a social justice lens.

Related Course Areas
Domestic Violence:Law Policy and Practice - Hon. Diane Kiesel
  Lexis Nexis, edition: 2007
  ISBN: 9780820570525   (required)
Domestic Violence: Law, Policy, and Practice Supplement - Hon. Diane Kiesel
  Lexis Nexis, edition: 2010-2011