Final Reflection

One more picture of Miriam and me for fun!

1. Reflect on the learning objectives for the course:

1) Explain family violence, including different types and causes

2) Discuss the consequences of family violence

3) Identify approaches to help those impacted by family violence

Do you feel you are able to perform each of the three objectives for the course? Why or why not? What assignments or activities helped you learn or build skills towards each objective?

I feel like I can perform all three of these objectives. I learned new information in this course as well as gained a deeper understanding of issues I knew a little bit about. I feel more up to date on the topic of family violence. The videos were very helpful because you chose videos that gave different perspectives on the same issue. We got to hear from you and different speakers about the same topic. Even if all of you shared the same opinion, it was relayed in different ways. The other thing that was helpful in learning the material was creating the graphics and having to find GIFS on Discord. It's one thing to write about what you learned, but it's another thing to create or choose a pictorial image. This activity had me apply what I had learned to a final product or an image that would show I understood.

2. Think back to the goals you set at the beginning of the course in the first reflection. Did you accomplish all your goals? Why or why not?

Goals from the beginning of the semester: 1--From my understanding of the different types of family violence, I will be able to discuss different ideas for family violence prevention. 2--From meeting the objectives of this course, I will be able to educate others about the basics of family violence.

Although I have not had the opportunity to discuss these topics with a lot of people, I feel like I am equipped to do so. I have learned more about different topics that fall under the umbrella of family violence, so I can speak more fluently about the topic. I can also now speak deeper about it instead of just surface level. I learned about my causes of family violence. Although I'm not clear on one single measure of prevention, I am aware that it is a complex, multi-layered issue. It is important to look at everyone involved and find the best solution for the survivor. It is important for everyone involved to get treatment. I feel more confident in taking about the issue after completing this class.

3. What facts/topics did you find most interesting or surprising in this class? There is no minimum requirement, but I would expect your responses to this prompt to be about 1 paragraph.

There were many interesting topics in this course. The first one that comes to mind is Adverse Childhood Effects (ACEs). I read the book, The Deepest Well, in another VCST class. That was the first time I was exposed to ACEs. On a personal level, the topic interests me. As a former teacher, the topic intrigues me. I was glad to learn more about them in this class and see some different perspectives than just Dr. Harris' book. Overall, I feel like I got a deeper understanding of family violence. I think I had a one-dimensional, feminist view before. Feminism has many layers (like most things) and it evolves. I got an understanding of where we are now and how the old way of thinking needs to change. All the new research was interesting to me.

4. What activities or assignments did you like the most? There is no minimum requirement, but I would expect your responses to this prompt to be about 1 paragraph.

I really enjoyed making the graphics and infographic. I like to make images on Canva, but I had never made them with the purpose of educating or informing. I enjoyed both the research aspect and the creation aspect. I wanted to find what I felt was the most important thing to share on a graphic, so I carefully chose my statistics or information. Then I spent time creating. These types of graphics were new to me, so at first, I was using too much text. It was fun to learn to be creative and use pictures to help inform and educate. I am immensely proud of the final infographic I created. I enjoyed revising side two and including valuable information.

5. What do you want the public or policymakers to know about family violence? What do you hope will change in the future? There is no minimum requirement, but I would expect your responses to this prompt to be about 1 paragraph.

They need to know that family violence has many facets. It's not just Intimate Partner Violence. We need to consider the children and pets in the home as well. Mandatory arrests sound good at first, but it causes marginalized groups to be criminalized. Survivors of IPV should not have to worry about serving jail time or having their children taken away because they came forward about their abuse. Finally, the CJS needs to look at research and ACEs to treat the whole issue of trauma and abuse instead of just punishing the abuser. Each case is unique, and the one size fits all way of handling family violence is not working. It was mentioned on one video that survivors need options. I agree with this. On top of that, they need trained workers who are not overloaded to inform them of their choices.

6. What advice would you give to students who take this class in the future to succeed in this class? There is no minimum requirement, but I would expect your responses to this prompt to be about 2-3 sentences.

Note to Future Student: You will really enjoy this course. Although it is self-paced, do not get too far behind. There is less feedback, and time can run out. Watch the videos and take good notes because that helps with your module responses.

7. Overall, what did you think of this class? There is no minimum requirement, but I would expect your responses to this prompt to be about 2-3 sentences.

This was a great class. Although I was familiar with some of the content on the surface, I learned new things. I was introduced to new perspectives and got to examine topics from different angles (from the videos). Family Violence is multilayered and having a better understanding of why it occurs helps us better serve the survivors and perpetrators.

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