Module 12 Reflection

Future Directions in Family Violence

What are some of the issues with the criminalization of IPV?

The biggest issue for me is when the survivor of IPV is arrested and held in jail for not wanting to testify in court. It is not right to take away their choices/power/freedom because they do not want to relive their abuse by testifying (or whatever other reason they have).

In Module 11, we learned about the child welfare system. Once the police are called out to a house for IPV, the parenting is looked at. Children can be removed from the home because there has been violence in the home. Being separated from her children, causes more trauma and stress for the victim of IPV (most victims are women, but not all).

The economy is the communities where the criminalization of IPV is high is harmed. It's hard for those released from prison to get employment or find steady employment. The community resources go to the prison system. There is not a lot of money to go back into the community.

What are the arguments for the decriminalization of domestic violence/IPV? How could less criminal legal system involvement help survivors?

The speaker explained that people need options, especially those who the system is already working against. Restorative Justice is a good option for people who are survivors of IPV when the legal system isn't. She also spoke about criminalization being deemphasized and being just a small part of the system. Trauma needs to be addressed. The origins of violence need to be understood.

This week, you started your infographic! What did you learn so far about your topic? What has your experience been like so far creating an infographic?

At this point, I compared how Texas defines consent versus how Massachusetts defines consent. I was researching the actual definitions of consent for my infographic, and the website was set up to compare two states. I learned Texas has 11 definitions of consent, and it does not have affirmative consent. Texas only uses the term sexual assault where Massachusetts has both rape and sexual assault.

I was very excited about my infographic. I decided on my topic and design because I saw a need at SHSU after practicing my Diversity Conference presentation with two freshman classes. Students, who just did their Title IX training the semester before, did not know how sexual assault or consent was defined. This education is so important on college campuses.

Reflect on your learning experience for this module (1-2 paragraphs)

How did this module's content relate to prior courses or your own experiences?

I'm in that wave of feminism who is glad that IPV is finally out in the open. I still do not think it is out in the open enough. It needs to be more in the open. People still don't talk about their abuse or their trauma; it still seems like you're alone if you're in this type of situation.

In Victimology we discussed IPV. I wrote a paper on the Tracy Thurman case. That was a situation that needed criminal intervention.

Overall, what did you think of the module and interactivities this week? What were your favorite activities? What activities did you dislike or were unclear?

The infographic was by far my favorite part. It was so fun to create and research. The video was interesting. As you mentioned in the introduction, there is a shift in feminism and the role of the CJS. It's so important for us to stay current on trends and examine issues through different lenses. In the video, she said to look at IPV through different lenses: economic, public health, community, and human rights. This was interesting to me.

There was nothing that I disliked or didn't understand. I want to learn more about Transformative Justice and look at studies on alternatives to criminalization and mass incarceration.

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