Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases: Legal Trends, Research Findings, and Recommendations

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Daniel G. Saunders

t may be hard to believe an abusive partner can ever make good on his threat to take the children away from his victim. After all, he has a history of violent behavior and she almost never does. Unfortunately, a surprising number of battered women lose custody of their children. The actual number is not known and offenders appear to be no more successful in gaining custody than non-offenders (Liss & Stahly, 1993). However, violence against one parent by another is often considered in custody-determination proceedings (Family Violence Project, 1995). This document describes some of the legal and cultural trends surrounding custody and visitation decisions and the social science evidence supporting a need to consider domestic violence in these decisions.

Legal Trends

General Views About Joint Custody

Parents Most at Risk for Physical and Emotional Abuse of a Child

Factors Related to Risk to the Children

Parental Separation.

Parents’ Childhood Victimization.

Parents’ Psychological Characteristics.

Interventions for the Abuser.

Recommendations for Custody and Visitation

Thank you Claudine for your post this is a great resource for me right now and I’m sure for many others as well.

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About sweetcardomom

I am a mother, grandmother and advocate for those suffering from the torment of emotional abuse regardless of gender, or who the abuser is. Emotional abuse can come from anyone around you whether personal or professional. Parents, spouses, lovers, teachers, siblings, co-workers, bosses, and even your therapist. I am a survivor and have grown a lot during the past few months. The struggle continues and so do I. Hoping to make a difference "One Person At A Time" ~ sweetcardomom
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2 Responses to Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases: Legal Trends, Research Findings, and Recommendations

  1. Hi honey!! and your very welcome!!

  2. Family Courts Best Kept Secret: Say that the father abusing the kids and you will lose custody to the abuser: http://autismcustodybattles.wordpress.com

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