Domestic Violence Minicourse

Class Information Spring 2018

  • 1 units
  • Class No.: 66298
  • Meets: Sat
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  • Location: 135
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Domestic Violence Minicourse

Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law (List B)

Course Description:

The practice of domestic violence law requires an understanding of legal systems as well as complex social issues. This minicourse begins with an understanding of domestic violence, how it manifests in families and its impact on victims and children. Ethical DV practice will be discussed within an interdisciplinary context, including law enforcement, mental health, community based organizations, and remedies in both criminal and family courts. Students will also see that domestic violence has broad implications for practice beyond criminal and family law, e.g. child welfare, elder abuse, immigration, employment, housing and federal law.
 
 
Students will learn client counseling techniques and other practical skills through in-class exercises. In addition to attending two Saturday classes, students must conduct one 90 minute court watch, observing a DV calendar at either criminal or family court. Final grades will be based on completion of in class exercises, court watch and a short final paper (minimum 6 pages) that addresses a current topic in domestic violence law.

Class Notes:

Class will meet on Saturday,  March 24 and April 7.  Class will meet from 10:oo am – 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on both days.  Students will learn client counseling techniques and other practical skills through in-class exercises. In addition to attending two Saturday classes, students must conduct one 90 minute court watch, observing a DV calendar at either criminal or family court. Final grades will be based on completion of in class exercises, court watch and a short final paper (minimum 6 pages) that addresses a current topic in domestic violence law.

The practice of domestic violence law requires an understanding of legal systems as well as complex social issues. This minicourse begins with an understanding of domestic violence, how it manifests in families and its impact on victims and children. Ethical DV practice will be discussed within an interdisciplinary context, including law enforcement, mental health, community based organizations, and remedies in both criminal and family courts. Students will also see that domestic violence has broad implications for practice beyond criminal and family law, e.g. child welfare, elder abuse, immigration, employment, housing and federal law.