Want to learn about the connections between the criminal justice system, intimate partner violence and poverty? Interested in public policy, public health, social work, or social justice? Consider joining the 1 credit student forum Intimate Partner Violence, Intersectionality and the State, led by Ali Patrick ’13:
Come to the info session for the forum (there will be snacks), or email apatrick[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you can’t make it. We will decide on a meeting time for the course at the info session. In this discussion based forum, we will explore intimate partner violence through an intersectional lens, focusing on interactions with various state systems (ie. the criminal justice system, welfare system, legal system). More info after the jump!
Date: Friday, January 25th
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys Ave, Room 110
Though the early mainstream anti-domestic violence movement was successful in bringing intimate partner violence into the public consciousness as a social problem, mobilizing government funds for services for survivors of violence, and reforming existing responses (or lack of responses) to intimate partner violence within the criminal justice, legal, and social services systems, it has been criticized for universalizing all women’s experiences with domestic violence while centering the experiences and needs of survivors who are middle-class white women. This course will build on these critiques, centering the voices and experiences of those of the margins (women of color, queer women, poor women) and examining the context within which they experience violence, including poverty, structural racism, and increasing criminalization and incarceration. We will focus both on broader systems and inequalities, as well as on specific public policies within various state systems which relate to intimate partner violence. Finally we will look emerging activisms and possibilities for reform.