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NCJ Number: 121865 Find in a Library
Title: Woman Abuse: Separation as Solution, Lawyer and Mediator Support as Process
Author(s): D Ellis
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: Laidlaw Foundation
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5, Canada
York University
North York, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada
Sale Source: York University
LaMarsh Research
Programme on Violence and Conflict Resolution
Norman Bethune College, Room 216
4700 Keele Street
North York, Ontario M3J 1P3,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The objective of this study was to examine the effects of lawyer and mediator intervention on the quality of life among divorced and separated women concerning abused women.
Abstract: The sample was derived from family court records. An interview schedule was administered to subjects using a telephone survey. Among the major findings of the study are that separation does not effectively stop abuse by the ex-partner, and pre-separation abuse is a good predictor of post separation abuse. The study also revealed that the presence of a lover is a good predictor of post-separation abuse and that while lawyer intervention is more strongly associated with decreases in post-separation abuse than is a mediator intervention, neither lawyer nor mediator intervention is a good predictor of post-separation women abuse. The study showed that lawyer support is associated with a decrease in post-separation hassles. There were three variables constituting a DAD (dependency, availability and deterrence) model found to mediate the effects of lawyer and mediator intervention on women abuse. These variables are used as the basis for the major recommendations of this study. Overall, it is more likely that lawyers will make a positive contribution to the quality of post-separation family life than will court based mediators. This study concludes with recommendations designed to improve the quality of life by reducing post-separation hassles and abuse. 1 figure, 5 tables, 57 references, 9 footnotes. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Attorneys; Divorce mediation
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Family support
Note: LaMarsh Research Programme, Report No. 19
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