Title: (Opinion) Child abuse: when family courts get it wrong
Author: Kathleen Russell, cofounder and staff consultant to the Center for Judicial Excellence in Marin County, CA
Source:The Christian Science Monitor
Retrieved: 12/30/2009 http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/1014/p09s02-coop.html
Summary: Family Courts are awarding custody to dangerous, abusive parents, “according to one conservative estimate, more than 58,000 children per year are ordered by family courts into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States…”. Victims of domestic violence seeking protection for their children in Family Court are often punished for speaking out against abuse, the effects of this are devastating–especially for vulnerable children placed in the custody of alleged abusers.
The injustice and bias victims of domestic violence face in Family Court can seem beyond belief–we want to believe the courts uphold the laws, that everyone is guaranteed equal justice. Sadly, that is not…
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