Published: October, 1999| Stephanie Avalon

Any advocate working within the courts knows the justice system continues to pose significant challenges to battered women attempting to access the system. Those challenges, and the barriers that they create, are the very reasons why we began advocating for women in the first place. Professionals, private attorneys, prosecutors, judges, court clerks and other personnel responded to domestic violence in ways that exacerbated, rather than confronted, women's entrapment.