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This course examines the complex nature and dynamics of intimate partner violence (IPV). The course begins with a general presentation of IPV, such as definitions, characteristics, and the cycle of IPV. Then, theories of IPV are presented and various sources of IPV data and measurement issues are discussed. The majority of the course focuses on the historical development/evolution and current response of the criminal justice system to IPV including law enforcement response, the use of protection orders, domestic violence courts, and batterer intervention treatment programs. Additionally, the course examines "special topics" regarding IPV including teen dating violence, intimate partner homicide, and IPV within criminal careers.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to a UNO graduate degree program, or permission of the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program Coordinator. Not open to non-degree graduate students.