Domestic Violence

Rae Taylor
College of Social Sciences

Service learning is required for this course.

Time commitment: 20 hours

Learning goal: Students will gain a deeper understanding of domestic violence (types, causes, effects, effective prevention) by providing volunteer support to agencies which are involved in serving domestic violence victims, advocating for effective domestic violence policies, and educating the public about domestic violence.

Students must complete a service learning placment at one of the following agencies: 

Catholic Charities: Crescent House
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children

A limited number of students will be permitted to complete placement requirements by participating in the Easter Basket Project for children living in shelters and transitional living environments.  Details will be provided by the professor.


  1. Research your options.  Browse the agencies listed on this page.  Find ones that connect to your interests and passions.  Also look for agencies that fit your schedule and transportation situation.  Use this scheduler to figure out your best times to do service learning.  Take into account the transportation support programs offered by the Office of Service Learning.
  2. Make contact with your favorite agencies.  It pays to initiate communication early.  Remember, you are competing for limited spots at each agency.
  3. Come to the SERVE Fair to talk with agency staff and learn more about your favorites.
  4. Receive placement offers.  Accept a placement offer online by Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5 pm. 
  5. Complete preservice requirements.
  6. Agree on a regular schedule with your agency and start serving!
  7. Document all your hours using a service learning timesheet.  Submit your first timesheet to Bobet 113 at midterm (Friday, March 8th @ 5pm).  Submit your final timesheet by the last day of classes (Wed, May 1 @ 5pm).
  8. Finish all your service learning hours by the last day of classes.
  9. Your performance will be evaluated by your agency.  This performance evaluation will be given to your professor an incorporated into your class grade.
  10. Receive a service learning transcript notation.  Put it on your resume too!