(1/2 course)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the ways in which sociologists examine, in theory and method, the dynamics and resolutions of family violence. Students will examine family violence across the lifespan including child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence and elder abuse. They will investigate the devastating, multigenerational effects of violence on its victims and society. Students will also study current societal responses to family violence including protection services, treatment programs, legal defense strategies, and current legislation.