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Webinar Recording

National Custody Demonstration Project Update: Introducing a New Framework for Family Court Practitioners

Published: February, 2012| Gabrielle Davis, J.D.

Gabrielle Davis, J.D., provides an update on BWJP’s National Custody Demonstration Project and share a newly developed framework to help family court practitioners account for domestic violence in… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Parent Coordination Services: A Guide for Policy Makers

Published: December, 2011| Barbara Hart, Esq.

This guide is designed to assist policymakers, courts and attorneys in deliberations and decision-making on enabling legislation, licensing standards, rules of court, appointment letters or contracts… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Custody Evaluators Beliefs About Domestic Abuse Closely Related to Custody Outcomes

Published: December, 2011| Gabrielle Davis

Three important new studies explore the relationship between custody evaluators' beliefs about domestic abuse and the parenting recommendations they make to the court. View this resource

Webinar Recording

Sexual Coercion in the Context of Custody Litigation

Published: December, 2011| Connie J. A. Beck, Gabrielle Davis, J.D.

Scant research has been devoted to how pre- and post- separation sexual coercion functions in the lives of abused women generally and, more particularly, what implications it has for child custody… View this resource

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Developing and Implementing a Practice Guide on Domestic Violence for Parenting Evaluators: One Community's Experience

Published: November, 2011| Merril Cousin, Rachael DelVillar, Anne Ganley, PhD

Parenting evaluations are frequently offered in contested custody cases, and many professionals who conduct them do not have expertise or training in domestic violence. Survivors, advocates, and… View this resource

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Applying the Safe and Together Model to Custody and Visitation

Published: October, 2011| David Mandel, MA, Bridget Reilly, MA

The Safe and Together model is being implemented in a number of states and jurisdictions (Connecticut, Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Kansas City, MO) to improve case practice and cross system collaboration… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Supporting Battered Mothers Involved in Custody Disputes

Published: September, 2011| Dr. Shannon Schmidt

Battered mothers need help and support now. Specialized support groups for custody challenged battered mothers are one way to provide that support. Shannon Schmidt has been leading such a group for… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advice from Battered Mothers to Legal and System Professionals

Published: September, 2011| Stephanie Avalon, Loretta Frederick

In Minnesota there is a support group of battered mothers who have experienced protracted custody litigation involving their abusers. We asked these mothers what advice they would give family court… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Invisible Forces Guiding Decision-Making in Family Court

Published: August, 2011| Gabrielle Davis, J.D., Stephanie Avalon, Denise Eng

Even when domestic violence is recognized and documented, resulting judicial decisions fail to adequately account for violence and control that still exist and impact the safety and well-being of… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Custody Issues and Military Families

Published: July, 2011| Dean Christine Church

Military families are very mobile, which presents special issues for military parents seeking to initiate, enforce, or change a custody order. This webinar provides basic information for advocates who… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Calculating Safety: Reckoning with Domestic Violence in the Context of Child Support Parenting Time Initiatives

Published: April, 2015| Nancy Ver Steegh, Gabrielle Davis

This article explores domestic violence-related implications of federal and state initiatives seeking to establish parenting time in connection with entry of child support orders. The authors… View this resource

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges/Family Violence Department

Published: January, 2015| National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The Family Violence Department improves the way courts, law enforcement agencies, and others respond to family violence, while recognizing the legal, cultural, and psychological dynamics involved with… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Domestic Violence and Child Custody: A 4-Part Model for Helping Judges Make More Informed Decisions

Published: June, 2013| Kristine Lizdas

Family court judges should consider the impact of violence on families when making decisions about child custody and visitation, according to Kristine Lizdas, a managing attorney at the Battered… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter

Published: June, 2012| Katreena Scott, Fernando Mederos

This Applied Research paper provides an overview of the research on the commonalities and controversies surrounding parenting interventions programs for men who batter with an emphasis on improving… View this resource