Law Reform

There is a misconception that the legal system is set up to protect domestic violence survivors. Unfortunately, it is not. All too frequently, survivors are denied the ability to protect their children when abusers use the court process to perpetuate the cycle of power and control. Specifically, abusers may force their former partners into "high conflict" cases by calling for intrusive psychological testing, expensive custody evaluations, depositions and repeated family court hearings, thereby dragging out the legal process for many years. This strategy, which is an indication of coercive control, burdens survivors with excessive legal fees and mental anguish. As a result, survivors often experience fear, anxiety, re-traumatization and financial ruin in connection with divorce and custody battles. 


Shockingly, "high conflict" cases are twice as likely to involve abusers than non-abusers, and courts will erroneously award sole or joint custody to abusive parents in 70 percent of these cases. This is an extremely harmful outcome that victimizes children and punishes survivors for reporting the abuse. We must therefore do more to educate judges, lawyers and court personnel about the problem, as well as implement new policies and laws to change a legal system biased in favor of male privilege and wealth. 


Below are resources detailing the need for family court justice. The time to bridge the gender gap is now!

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Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference


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, New York 12205

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Family Court Justice Resources 

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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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