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Domstc Violence (LAW-637-001)
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This two-credit seminar course will provide students with an introduction to the legal system’s response to domestic violence. Students will examine the evolution of civil and criminal justice system interventions, the legal and psychosocial theory informing domestic violence responses, the evidentiary challenges facing domestic violence victims in the courtroom, and the future directions of domestic violence law and policy. Among many others, this course will focus on the following questions: How has intimate partner violence been defined, raised, and addressed as a problem in and for the U.S. legal system? What role should the victim/survivor have in the justice system’s response to domestic violence? Is the justice system an effective and appropriate response to intimate partner violence? Students in this course will write a final paper and present the topic to the class.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Nancy K. D. Lemon, Domestic Violence Law, Thomson/West 2005.
First Class Readings
The History of Violence Against Women & Thinking about Domestic Violence
Nancy Lemon, Domestic Violence Law, Chapter 1:
1) Cheryl Ward Smith, “The Rule of Thumb,” A Historic Perspective?, pp. 1.
2) Virginia H. Murray, A Comparative Survey of the Historic Civil, Common, and American Indian Tribal Law Responses to Domestic Violence, pp. 2-7.
3) Reva B. Siegel, “The Rule of Love”: Wife Beating as Prerogative and Privacy, pp. 7- 10.
4) Joan Zorza, Woman Battering: High Costs and the State of the Law, pp. 11-16.
5) Martha R. Mahoney, Legal Images of Battered Women: Redefining the Issue of Separation, pp. 16-28.
6) Leigh Goodmark, Law is the Answer? Do We Know that for Sure?: Questioning the Efficacy of Legal Interventions for Battered Women, pp. 28-34.
Sarah M. Buel, Fifty Obstacles to Leaving, a.k.a., Why Abuse Victims Stay, The Colorado Lawyer, 19 (Oct. 1999).
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):