Child custody evaluations and domestic violence

Child custody evaluations and domestic violence

Daniel Saunders

This seminar highlighted new research findings on child custody evaluations in cases involving domestic violence.

This event was held on Thursday 30 April 2015.

Presentation slides of this seminar are available upon request. Contact us if you would like to be sent a copy.

When couples separate, the risk of intimate partner violence, abuse, harassment and homicide often continues or increases.

Safety and human rights concerns in custody-visitation proceedings are gaining increased attention because professionals often do not detect abuse, do not take it seriously, or apply non-legal factors in their determinations.

In this presentation, Professor Daniel Saunders highlighted new research findings on child custody evaluations in cases involving domestic violence, focusing on the beliefs and recommendations of the professionals involved in these determinations. Implications of the research for policy and practice will described.

About the presenters

Daniel Saunders

Professor Daniel Saunders, School of Social Work at the University of Michigan USA, established one of the first intervention programs for men who batter and helped to establish crisis and advocacy programs for battered women in the 1970s. 

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