Special Victims: Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes

This seminar will provide an overview of the “special victims” offenses of domestic violence and sex crimes.  In the first half of the course students will be exposed to the evolution of domestic violence law and the many difficult issues involved in the prevention, identification, and prosecution of domestic violence crimes, such as orders of protection, successfully building cases against offenders with reluctant witnesses, and providing services to victims.  In the second half we will focus on sexually based offenses, exploring legal developments and issues faced by sex crimes prosecutors, such as how to work with sexual assault victims, experts, the role of forensics and DNA, and evidentiary issues including rape shield laws.

Credits: 2

Type: SEM