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 United States.


Why is this occurring? The problem is due, in part, to bias against women alleging domestic violence in custody cases- a problem that is documented in nearly every state. It is imperative, therefore, that we act now to continue to educate judges, lawyers and legislators, and hold them accountable as we advocate for law reform measures that truly work for victims and provide basic resources to protect individual human rights. 



For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, 

call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 

1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).



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.



Experts Discuss Bias Against Women 

Alleging Abuse in Custody Cases


BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN FAMILY COURT

Best-Selling Author Lundy Bancroft


Clinical Law Professor Joan Meier 


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


THE COURTROOM AS A VENUE FOR FURTHER 

DOMESTIC ABUSE

FAMILY LAW SECTION COUNCIL


INSTITUTE  OF JUSTICE


DV LEAP

SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSTITUTE  OF JUSTICE

SETON HALL LAW REVIEW

STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE

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