Description Initial Post Answer ONE of these questions in your discussion post: What are some of the challenges in defining and measuring intimate partner violence? How should it be defined and measured that would be of most help in understanding and reducing or preventing it? Justify your answer. What factors are involved in why victims are unable to leave their abusers? Include the dynamics of battering and intimate partner violence which best describe the major reasons why victims are unable to leave their abusers. Justify your answer. Discussions should ideally be at least 600 words and follow the guidelines listed below. They will be graded on quality and not quantity. Requirements Minimum 600 words Thoroughly addresses the prompt Cites a minimum of two sources (may be textbook, media shared and any additional learning materials from the course) Primarily written in the third (and not first) person for original posts Due date for initial post: Thursday 02/24/22 by 11:59 p.m. Arizona time. Peer Reply Respond to AT LEAST two of your classmates. All response posts should be at least 200 words each, and be non-repetitive, substantive sentences. They should contribute to forwarding the discussion. Replies may include paraphrased citations/references as well. Replies should also include new information. Just liking and agreeing with other students’ initial posts (and/or just repeating in your reply what you stated in your initial post or repeating the same information from your first response again in the second reply) is not likely to be satisfactory. Guidelines Your posts will be evaluated based on the quality of argument, your supporting materials, and your skillful use of language according to the grading rubric. Given that this course discusses practical and policy-relevant controversial issues, you will present an argument to answer the question. Support your argument with relevant information (at least two references) from the lecture/textbook and course materials as primary sources. In addition you may include outside material, such as current events, websites, etc. (no wikipedia or the like) as secondary sources. Please do not include personal anecdotes. Please remain in the third (and not first) person for proper APA. I want your posts to be substantive. Further, this is a 400-level class where we are reading, writing, and thinking about research in a concrete manner. When asked to support your positions, please cite correctly to avoid plagiarizing and to receive full credit. This means not including direct, or long direct quotes which is not proper APA. Proper citations are paraphrased information with a reference to author at the end of the sentence or paragraph. Paraphrasing information into your own words indicates comprehension and understanding of concepts, and direct quotes do not. Please see the grading rubric as well. Expectations Overall tone for discussion boards should remain formal, although some informal tone is fine in replies. Remember, accuracy is important. Emoticons and acronyms should be avoided and no creative spelling should be used. Do not post anything that may be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive. Conduct a thorough spell check and grammar check before posting. Deductions will be made for errors. Do not disclose that you or someone you know has been a victim. While the content of this course certainly affects people (perhaps you or someone you know), this is an academic setting, and it is important to distinguish between anecdotes and trends based on research. Personal anecdotes, as well as personal opinions not backed up by empirical evidence cannot, and will not, be graded. Be relevant to the discussion at hand Offer new thoughts or information rather than simply affirming the original post Try to move the discussion forward, rather than stopping it. One way to do this is to regularly ask questions in your post for others to comment on. LATE INITIAL POSTS AND RESPONSES WILL BE DOCKED BY 10% OF THE GRADE OTHERWISE EARNED, DAILY.
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