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Domestic Violence and the Law

Course number: L8006

This seminar provides an in-depth examination of domestic violence from a legal perspective. It explores a wide range of topics, including police and prosecutorial responses, expert witness testimony, battered women as criminal defendants, domestic violence and child custody, legal remedies for battered immigrants, and domestic violence as a human rights concern. Each subject area brings together doctrinal issues with those of practice and of theory. Readings are drawn from case law, state and federal statutes, and legal and social science commentary. A number of the topics are approached using case studies drawn from actual cases handled by attorneys at the Center for Battered Women's Legal Services, where Professor Leidholdt serves as director.