Criminal Justice-COAS | Child Maltreatment and the Law
P300 | 24731 | Levesque, R.


This course examines legal responses to child maltreatment.

Part I of the course explores how the legal system defines what
constitutes the major forms of maltreatment deemed worthy of state
intervention in the lives of children, families and communities. We
focus on sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect. Part
II details the nature of families assumed problematic and how the
state directly intervenes in families to address maltreating
conditions. We focus, for example, on poor, gay and lesbian,
minority, single-parent, and incestual parents. Part III addresses
the challenges faced by efforts to stop and prevent child
maltreatment as well as advocacy and legal reform efforts. At the
end of the semester, students are expected to have a firm foundation
for understanding key policy directions and practices in child
maltreatment law.

Readings:  Child Maltreatment Law:  Foundations in Science, Practice
and Police, by Levesque, Roger.  Carolina Academic Press.  2002

Class meeting: Tuesday 2:30-45:00 p.m.

Instructor: Professor Roger Levesque, criminal justice department