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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.

A Framework for Action by Courts and Communities to Recognize the Plight of Abused Victims and Their Children after Separation
A framework for action by courts and communities to recognize the plight of abused victims and their children after separation

The preceding chapters have outlined how domestic violence has been overlooked or minimized by legal and mental health services responding to child-custody disputes. Studies based on domestic violence survivors' accounts of their dealings with the justice system and various community services suggest that much work is required to adequately support abused women and their children (Graham-Bermann & Edleson, 2001). Many survivors speak of their revictimization by the very service systems designed to protect them. Rather than safety and healing from traumatic events, these survivors report ongoing ...

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