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Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability focuses on the complexity of the challenges facing judges, lawyers, legislators, and mental health professionals in developing safe and effective strategies for resolving custody disputes. Jaffe, Lemon, and Poisson integrate the most recent clinical and legal issues in the field in considering the prevalence of divorce and domestic violence as well as the relevance of domestic violence in custody disputes. The authors outline the essential differences between custody disputes with and without allegations and findings of domestic violence, and the different analysis and distinct interventions by judges, policymakers, and mental health professionals necessary in domestic violence cases.

From Theory to Practice: The Varying Responses of the Court System to Domestic Violence in Child-Custody Cases
From theory to practice: The varying responses of the court system to domestic violence in child-custody cases

Two prominent U.S. researchers noted that, in their study, dissolution cases involving violence toward women were significantly more likely to include custody disputes (Liss & Stahly, 1993). The American Psychological Association reported that abusive fathers were at least twice as likely to dispute custody as nonabusive men (American Psychological Association, 1996; Liss & Stahly, 1993).

Recent court decisions in child-custody disputes show a trend toward recognizing the importance of domestic violence as a factor. Even in states or provinces without statutes requiring that domestic violence be considered, increasingly courts are not only considering ...

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