Domestic Violence: Abuse in Intimate Relationships   [Archived Catalog]
2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

MFT 6530 - Domestic Violence: Abuse in Intimate Relationships

This workshop provides an overview of intimate partner violence, the development of violence against women as a social issue, and the responses developed by activists, therapists, and community and government agencies. It covers important issues and controversies, including obstacles in determining rates of prevalence; theories and research about causation, especially with regard to gender and culture; and individual and societal intervention and prevention efforts. Understanding these topics is important for advocates, community organizers, and researchers and demonstrating competency in many of these areas is required by various licensing boards for therapists and counselors. Students can focus on research and/or practice in various areas: men's violence against women, female perpetrators, same sex or adolescent relationship violence, victim and family services, programs for perpetrators, and community-based prevention programs.