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NCJ Number: NCJ 240426     Find in a Library
Title: Abused Mothers’ Safety Concerns and Court Mediators’ Custody Recommendations
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Author(s): Echo A. Rivera ; April M. Zeoli ; Cris M. Sullivan
  Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:27  Issue:4  Dated:May 2012  Pages:321 to 332
Date Published: 05/2012
Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This study adds to research on family court’s response to custody in the context of intimate partner abuse (IPA).
Abstract: This study adds to research on family court’s response to custody in the context of intimate partner abuse (IPA). Mediation is often used to assist family court with custody negotiation; however, debate exists in the field regarding its use when IPA exists. The following study examines experiences with court mediation among a sample of victimized mothers who divorced abusive husbands. Mixed-method data were collected from 19 women. Findings demonstrate that abuse is rarely considered in custody recommendations, as most court mediators prefer joint custody. Implications for the ongoing debate, as well as future directions for research, are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Family courts
Index Term(s): Violence ; Alternative dispute settlement ; Domestic assault ; Divorce mediation
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Agriculture
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
United States of America
Grant Number: R24MH75941;K12HD065879
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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