Categories: Criminal Law Family Law

Course Description

Course focuses on state and federal laws, policy and practices impacting victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Topics examined include dynamics of domestic abuse; restraining orders; mandatory arrest law via law enforcement, prosecution & sentencing responses; batterers treatment; battered women who kill & the battered women syndrome; family law, including custody/physical placement, relocation, mediation, effects on children who witness violence; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); domestic abuse against the elderly; and welfare reform. Class involves a mix of papers, observation of injunction hearings, interactive exercises, and a final exam.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course –
o Students will be able to identify the dynamics of domestic violence that may be present in clients and cases.
o Students will know best practice for providing trauma-informed legal services for survivors of domestic violence.
o Students will be well-versed in Wisconsin statute and case-law addressing domestic violence.

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