Law Reform

There is a misconception that the legal system is set up to protect domestic violence survivors and children at risk of harm, but unfortunately, it is not. All too frequently, survivors are hauled into family court by their abusers and forced into "high conflict" custody cases that last for years. Specifically, survivors may be subjected to intrusive psychological testing, expensive custody evaluations, video-taped depositions and endless family court hearings which burden them with excessive legal fees and mental anguish. As a result, survivors experience fear, anxiety, re-traumatization and financial ruin in connection with divorce and custody battles. 


Many Americans do not know that "high conflict" cases are twice as likely to involve abusers than non-abusers. The courts become the ultimate battleground for abusers to aggressively fight for custody as a way of punishing the protective mother and exerting power and control over her. Shockingly, the courts are more likely to award sole or joint custody to the abusive parent in up to 70 percent of cases. This is an extremely harmful outcome that victimizes children and punishes protective parents for stepping forward to report abuse. It is imperative, therefore, that we educate judges, lawyers and legislators about the problem, as well as implement new policies and laws to change a legal system biased in favor of male privilege and wealth. There is no place for gender bias in our system of justice, and children deserve to live safely and free of abuse.


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SAVE THE DATE: May 4 - 6, 2018

Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A National Crisis

The 13th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference BMCC XIII

 Custody Litigation, Trauma, and Recovery

Radisson Hotel

205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

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RESOURCES

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

FAMILY LAW SECTION COUNCIL

INSTITUTE  OF JUSTICE

SETON HALL LAW REVIEW

JUVENILE JUSTICE BULLETIN

STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSTITUTE  OF JUSTICE

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www.soarforjustice.org