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NCJ Number: 235474 Find in a Library
Title: Controversies in Divorce Mediation and Intimate Partner Violence: A Focus on the Children
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:16  Issue:4  Dated:July/August 2011  Pages:319-324
Author(s): Amy Holtzworth-Munroe
Date Published: August 2011
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This article examines the risks to children exposed to family violence and parental separation.
Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) and parental separation are two related and serious potential problems faced by children; both are associated with increased risks for children. Proponents of mediation for separating parents believe that, relative to traditional adversarial court proceedings, mediation may lead to better outcomes for children by decreasing parental conflict. However, the question of whether mediation should be conducted with parents experiencing IPV is a contentious one, although few arguments on either side of the debate have been supported by empirical research. This study examined some of the specific controversies regarding mediation in the context of IPV, including whether universal IPV screening should be required, whether mediation procedures should be modified to accommodate reports of IPV, and whether knowledge of IPV should lead to changes in mediation agreement content. The study also considered directions for future research to address important, unanswered questions in this area. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Divorce mediation
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Family counseling; Family crisis; Family intervention programs; Family support
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