Criminal Justice (A.A.S.)

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Public Policy and Domestic Violence

Hudson Valley offers a cutting-edge course discussing current public policies and legislation for domestic violence.

This course is applicable to people in the law enforcement, criminal justice and counseling fields, or to students with this area of interest. For more information, contact Ann Geisendorfer at (518) 629-7342 or email

Public Policy and Domestic Violence Course Description
This course will examine the specific problem of adult domestic violence from a public policy perspective. The nature, extent, dynamics and impacts of violence in intimate relationships will be analyzed in light of specific government responses to the problem. Executive, legislative and judicial (criminal and civil) policies will be explored from historical and political perspectives. Specific agency policies (police, family court, district attorney, probation, corrections, social services, emergency room/healthcare, mental health, etc.) will be analyzed in terms of their effectiveness in stopping the violence and contributing to a coordinated, community response.