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About the Custody Project

BWJP is working to improve the family court response to domestic violence through a grant from the Office of Violence Against Women.  The goal of the project is to enhance safety for battered women and their children by ensuring that family court decision-making accounts for the nature and effects of domestic violence.

BWJP has developed a four-part model to help family court practitioners make domestic violence-informed decisions and take domestic violence-informed action.  The model can be applied by anyone who is involved in a family court case (advocates, attorneys, guardians, evaluators, mediators and judges) at any stage of the family court process (intake, case management conference, mediation, evaluation, and trial).

For a brief history of the Custody Project and a current progress report, please click here.


Conceptual Framework


Click here for a link to a webinar recording about this conceptual model. (This will take you away from BWJP's webinar to our webinar provider's site.  You will be asked for some basic information to access the recording.)

BWJP is working to develop protocols and practice aids to help practitioners put this model into action.  Check back soon for more information.

To learn more contact Loretta Frederick, Esq. at 
lfrederick@bwjp.org or Gabrielle Davis, Esq. at gdavis@bwjp.org or call BWJP at 612.824.8768





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