In the aftermath of the 2012 Penn State child abuse scandal, a number of states have instituted universal child abuse reporting laws. Are these laws a good idea? Why or why not? How can we best minimize both the underreporting and over reporting of child abuse?
Some states have a presumption against awarding custody to a parent who perpetrates domestic violence? Why or why not? What does the research tell us about the influence of intimate partner abuse on children? Is the research sufficiently compelling to warrant a legal presumption?
How would you explain the resistance to recognizing domestic violence as a crime?