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Domestic Violence
Course: AJS162

First Term: 2004 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Explores domestic violence as a social problem within the United States from historical, cultural, political, legal, and law enforcement perspectives. Provides an overview of theories, definitions and causes of, and interventions for domestic violence involving spousal, elder and child abuse along with teen dating violence. Examines the dynamics and effects of domestic violence. Addresses research issues and contemporary domestic violence policy

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define domestic violence including both social and legal definitions. (I, IV)
2. Explain the dynamics of domestic violence. (II)
3. Explain the theoretical paradigms that have been presented to explain domestic violence. (III)
4. Explain the characteristics of domestic violence victims and abusers. (I, II, V)
5. Describe the historical, social and political forces that have brought domestic violence to the forefront of social problems. (I, III)
6. Discuss community responses to domestic violence. (VI, VII, VIII, XI)
7. Discuss various assessments to identify spousal abuse, dating violence and elder abuse. (VI, VIII, XI)
8. Identify components of intervention with a victim of domestic violence. (VIII, XI)
9. Explain the cultural components affecting domestic violence. (V)
10. Define stalking. (IX)
11. Explain the dynamics of stalking and stalker characteristics. (IX)
12. Explain the effects of domestic violence on children and within the family. (X)
13. Identify and describe community agencies and resources related to domestic violence. (VII, XI)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Domestic Violence: Historical Overview
   A. Evolution of definitions and theories related to domestic violence
   B. Myths
   C. Cycle of violence
II. Dynamics
   A. Victim characteristics
   B. Characteristics of abusers
   C. Why the victim stays
   D. Lethality indicators
III. Theoretical Explanations for Domestic Violence
   A. Social variables
   B. Structural variables
   C. Cultural values
IV. Domestic Violence Statute and Related Laws
   A. Domestic violence crimes
   B. New domestic violence felonies
   C. Relationship criteria
   D. Orders of Protection
   E. Injunctions against harassment
   D. Federal laws
      1. Violence Against Women Act
      2. Brady
      3. Full Faith and Credit
      4. Lautenberg
V. Cultural Issues Regarding Domestic Violence
   A. Multicultural perspectives
   B. Diversity issues
   C. Cultural issues for law enforcement
VI. Effective Law Enforcement Response
   A. Tactical response to domestic violence scenes
   B. Investigation
   C. Evidence collection
   D. Special issues in domestic violence cases
VII. Prosecution and Court Related Issues
   A. Prosecution policies
   B. Evidence based prosecution
VIII. Intervention
   A. Victim`s rights
   B. Victim services
   C. Abuser intervention
IX. Stalking
   A. Stalker characteristics
   B. Anti-stalking laws
X. Effects on Children
   A. Research findings
   B. New laws
XI. Resources and Services for Domestic Violence Victims
   A. Services available for abusers and victims
   B. Therapy for domestic violence abusers and victims
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  2/24/2004

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