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CRJ 340 Syllabus

Course Description

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:

  1. Examine contributing factors of domestic/sexual violence and review victim profiles of such abuse.
  2. Discover multiple forms of interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence.
  3. Examine multiple sources of data collection on statistics of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence.
  4. Examine law enforcement response to domestic and sexual violence.
  5. Examine contributing factors of domestic and sexual violence abusers.
  6. 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)




Grading Note:

The instructor will drop the lowest grade from the assignments category (10 points).

Required Textbooks

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

Course Schedule



Readings and Exercises




Topics: Global and Historical History of Violence Against Women

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion Question – Honor Killing
  • Assignment 1 – Domestic Violence Laws Read assigned chapters



Topics: Research and Theory Abuse

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Discussion Question – Chapter question and case study
  • Discussion Question – Look at Links for response
  • Project review – Look at videos to develop ideas for project



Topics: Examining Child Abuse

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion Question – Child laws
  • Assignment 1 – Examine National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Assignment 2 – Investigating Child Abuse



Topic: Examining Perpetrators

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion Question – Police Officers Who Perpetrate Domestic Violence
  • Assignment 1: NIBRS: Relationships between Victims and Offenders
  • Assignment 2: Police Officers Who Perpetrate Domestic Violence



Topic: Intimate Partner Violence

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Assignment 1 – Date rape drugs
  • Discussion Posting – What is IPV?
  • Project Proposal – Please tell me what type of Public Service Announcement you are going to do.



Topic: Same Sex Intimate Partner Abuse

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Assignment 1 – Violence in the LGBTQ Community
  • Project Proposal – Please update me on the progress of your Public Service Announcement you are going to do.



Topic: Stalking

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Assignment 1 – Stalking laws
  • PSA Project due



Topic: Criminal Justice System Response

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Assignment 1 – Protecting Victims
  • PSA Project Review
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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