Spring 2020 - CRIM 406 D100

Family Violence and Criminal Justice (3)

Class Number: 7338

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 2521, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



Examines the social and cultural context of family violence and legal and social service interventions to prevent this violence. Topics may include: child and elder abuse and neglect, sibling abuse, violence against women, victimization of men, violence in same-sex couples, the police response, courts and corrections. Students who have taken CRIM 416 in Fall 2017 or Fall 2018, CRIM 319 in Spring 2018, under the title "Family Violence & Criminal Justice" may not take this course for further credit.


NOTE: Students who have taken CRIM 416 in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019, CRIM 319 in Spring 2018, under the title "Family Violence & Criminal Justice" may not take this course for further credit.

This seminar studies family violence from an interdisciplinary perspective. It particularly seeks to understand the social and cultural context of domestic violence and legal and social service interventions to end and prevent this violence. This course will look at different theories of causation and intervention related to the various forms of domestic violence with focus on a life-course perspective. Students will discuss proactive arrest policies, restraining orders, and the collaborative response between different agencies to address domestic violence in Canada, the United States and other countries. Topics will also include: gender and age relationships, sibling abuse, child and elder abuse/neglect, violence against women and violence against men.


  • Individual Presentations 10%
  • Class Participation 5%
  • In-class Midterm (position essays) 25%
  • Criminal justice response term paper 30%
  • In-class end-of-term exam 30%



Payne, Brian K. and Randy R. Gainey (2015). Family Violence & Criminal Justice: A Life-Course Approach. 3rd Ed. New York, NY: Routledge.

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