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S65 SWCD 5037Domestic Violence and the Law2.0 Units
Description:Enrollment limit: 20 (preferably 10 Law students + 10 Social Work students). This two-credit interdisciplinary course will focus on the intersection of law and social work in relation to domestic violence and the law, with particular focus on Missouri. The course is designed for law students who may practice in this substantive area when they graduate/pass the Bar exam, social work students who may practice in this area as court advocates or directors of domestic violence agencies, and law students and social workers who may be doing public policy work in this area. This course will start with an overview of the nature & dynamics of domestic violence, and include subjects such as power & control, types of abuse, dangers when leaving, necessity for safety planning, and multiple oppressions. Thereafter, the course will lay the groundwork for an analysis of the law with an historical perspective by covering the state of the law prior to the passage of specialized criminal and civil laws, the necessity for these laws, and directed study of the laws that were passed and why. One area of concentration in this analysis will be how the law can be used to change social conditions and policy/practices of systems. In this analysis, we will cover Missouri's Adult Abuse Law (including Consents), Missouri's Criminal Law and Self-Defense and Post-Conviction Remedies, Full Faith and Credit, the Federal Violence Against Women Act and the Lautenberg Amendment related to firearms, and other selected topics. The course will also examine improvements made in conditions for domestic violence victims/survivors and system response as result of passage of the laws, and the unintended consequences that have resulted (e.g. mandatory arrest sometimes means arrest of victims/survivors, and may disempower or endanger victims/survivors). In relation to the unintended consequences, we will explore an emerging movement in responding to Domestic Violence that embraces an anti-essentialist victim pe
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:W74 608CFrequency:None / History


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