A STATEMENT SUPPORTING ASSESSMENT OF THE NATURE, CONTEXT AND EFFECTS OF ABUSE IN FAMILY COURT SETTING

The National Custody Strategy Network (NCSN) is a professional network
of multidisciplinary practitioners and advocates for survivors of intimate partner
violence (IPV) from state and national organizations striving to achieve better,
safer outcomes for children and their families in family court cases.

The NCSN is concerned with the growing epidemic of cases in which “parental
alienation” is alleged and found, children’s fears and experiences are disregarded,
and parents’ attempts to protect their children thwarted even though IPV and
child abuse are present. NCSN members understand that children’s experiences
of abuse are inadequately addressed in divorce and custody cases, which often
leads to unsafe and unworkable outcomes for survivor parents and their children.2
The NCSN hopes that this statement encourages family court practitioners and
their professional associations to listen and attend to the concerns of children and
parents who are both currently experiencing IPV and those who have experienced
IPV in the past.

Read the Full Statement Here