Topics covered include the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual violence, trauma informed crisis counseling and basics of advocacy. Students will examine contributing factors, review victim/perpetrator profiles, and evaluate community responses. Laws/legislation related to the protection of the person and the community also will be considered. (3 credits)
- CRJ 101: Criminal Justice
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of the course students will have achieved the following goals:
- Examine contributing factors of domestic/sexual violence and review victim profiles of such abuse.
- Discover multiple forms of interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence.
- Examine multiple sources of data collection on statistics of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence.
- Examine law enforcement response to domestic and sexual violence.
- Examine contributing factors of domestic and sexual violence abusers.
- Review perpetrator profiles of domestic and sexual violence.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Assignments (Weeks 1-8)
Project Public Service Announcement (Weeks 1-8)
The instructor will drop the lowest grade from the assignments category (10 points).
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Gosselin, Denise Kindschi. Heavy Hands: An Introduction to the Crimes of Intimate and Family Violence. 6th ed. Columbus, OH: Pearson, 2019. ISBN-10: 0134868218 or ISBN-13: 9780134868219
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Global and Historical History of Violence Against Women
Topics: Research and Theory Abuse
Topics: Examining Child Abuse
Topic: Examining Perpetrators
Topic: Intimate Partner Violence
Topic: Same Sex Intimate Partner Abuse
Topic: Criminal Justice System Response
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.