Law Reform

Many Americans are unaware that family courts have become the ultimate battleground for perpetrators of abuse to aggressively fight for custody of children as a way of punishing the victim and continuing to exert power and control over her. This is known as "legal abuse." 


Shockingly, courts are more likely to award custody and/or unsupervised visitation to the perpetrator in 70 percent of cases alleging abuse, resulting in 58,000 children being court-ordered into the unsupervised custody of the abusive father according to the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence. These are traumatic family separations between children and their protective mothers happening each year in the U.S. 


Why does this occur? The problem is due in part to gender bias against women in the legal system, which has been documented in several states. It is imperative, therefore, that we act now to continue to educate judges, lawyers, legislators and hold them accountable as we advocate for law reform measures that truly work for victims and provide them with the resources to protect their basic human rights. 

Experts Discuss Bias Against Women in Family Court


BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN FAMILY COURT

Best-Selling Author and Domestic Violence Expert Lundy Bancroft


Domestic Violence Law

Law Professor Joan Meier 




Watch the Live-Stream Program:

Losing My Children, A

Journey through the Courts

Featuring survivors/authors, Donna Buiso and Ruth Collins, who courageously share their tragic stories about losing custody of their children to their abusers due to broken family courts.



Battered Mothers Custody Conference

The Battered Mothers Custody Conference is an annual event that aims to inform, support and advocate for survivors, as well as help survivors enhance their ability to better cope with and overcome the impacts of legal abuse within the family courts.  Click for more information.



Documenting the Problem...


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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