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Splash Biography



ELIZABETH ARUTYUNYAN, UC Berkeley senior studying English and Public Pol




Major: English/ public policy

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

As a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, I am drawn to an area of focus that heavily weighs on the welfare of women and children. I would like to pursue a career in law and acquaint myself with such policies as VAWA to understand how they are shaped and crafted, and the effect of such on the members of the California constituency.



Past Classes

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O581: Domestic Violence 101 in Splash Spring 19 (Mar. 16, 2019)
Having recently created the only undergraduate student-led course and one of the only courses at UC Berkeley that focuses on Domestic Violence, I have noted that the fight for awareness is through education. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was the “permanent federal response” in efforts to decrease the occurrences of violence against women while providing the necessary resources and care to alleviate the stress of the situation. For 24 years, the act has served as a reminder that domestic violence is no longer just a private familial matter, but a public health issue. It's important that young adults are exposed to the the causes, implications and unintended consequences of an issue that us becoming more and more prevalent in today's society. The course is a dive into the basics of domestic violence including the causes, the target age groups, risks of the choices that the survivor makes, any unintended consequences that come about from the event of domestic violence, and etc.