Course Description

LAWS 7513
Domestic Violence
General Description:
Explores the law, policy, history and theory of domestic violence. Students will approach legal aspects of the problems from a variety of perspectives, which may include criminal justice, family law, civil rights law, tort and/or international human rights. The course examines the limits of legal methods and remedies for holding batterers accountable and keeping victims safe. Students will also study such topics as the dynamics of abusive relationships; the history of the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence; the defenses available to battered persons who kill their abusers; the legal paradigm of the sympathetic victim; psychological and feminist theories about abusive relationships; civil rights and tort liability for batters and third parties; and the intersection of domestic violence with international human rights. The goal of the course is to provide practical information about the challenges involved in legal advocacy for battered persons, as well as theoretical, ethical and historical approaches to the problem of domestic violence.

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LAWS 7513-001

Instructor(s): Carolyn Ramsey

Credits: 3

Meeting Times & Locations:
   Tue,Thu   1:00 PM - 2:15 PM   WOLF 305

First Assignment: Please sign up for the course on TWEN and purchase the textbook: Elizabeth M. Schneider, Cheryl Hanna, Emily Sack, & Judith G. Greenberg, Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice (3rd ed., 2013). For Tuesday, August 27, read and be prepared to discuss pages 14-24 in the textbook and Carolyn B. Ramsey, The Exit Myth: Family Law, Gender Roles, and Changing Attitudes Toward Female Victims of Intimate-Partner Violence, 20 Mich. J. Gender & L. 1 (2013) (on Westlaw). Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!