Course Description



LE = 16

Prerequisites: None. Students will be required to spend approximately two half-days on their own schedule at a New Jersey courthouse observing domestic violence restraining order hearings. These hearings take place during regular business hours on days determined by each county, but usually not on Fridays. Students who take this course may also take Child Abuse and Neglect.

Examines how the state responds to family violence through both criminal and civil domestic violence law, the child custody system, and the child welfare and dependency court systems, with particular attention to the areas of intersection among systems. Students observe domestic violence hearings, and participate in simulations of various stages of cases involving family violence issues and study how criminal, civil and family court proceedings affect the children, families and professionals involved in the domestic violence, child custody and child welfare systems.