Custody - Challenges for Battered Women: Research & Practice / 20 August 2013

BWJP 2013 Series on Researcher/Practitioner Discourse on VAW

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Time: 11am- 12:30pm Central Time
Location: Your Desk

Presenters: Lenore Walker, Ed.D., ABPP is currently a Professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Center for Psychological Studies where she is Coordinator of the Forensic Psychology Concentration.  Becki Truscott Kondkar, J.D. is Deputy Director of Tulane Law School’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where she teaches civil litigation skills and instructs third-year law students in their representation of victims of domestic violence.  

Content: Dr. Walker and Professor Kondkar will discuss the challenges confronted by battered women as they consider whether to seek a custody/parenting  time order from a court.  In making decisions about mediation, negotiation and/or litigation of custody issues, battered women must consider the risks posed by the batterer to the children during access, any risks both to the battered woman and children at exchange, whether these risks can be mitigated by supervised exchange or visitation, and whether a 3rd party, such as a friend or family member, can safety supervise or if supervision should be done at a center.  Immediately after separation, battered women may want to see a temporary custody order in a civil protection order.  But it may be that the batterer is not interested in custody of the children and poses no risk to them.  In this case, seeking a custody order may not be necessary or can be sought at some time after the crises and emotions of separation have somewhat abated.  Battered women need to know the law, the court system, the inclination of judges, the options for supervision (and the risks of supervision center staff judging her protective parenting negatively), the likelihood that a judge will respond swiftly to a batterer's violation of a custody order, the kinds of behavior that constitute "a change of circumstances" that may be the basis for a modification of a custody order, and the portability of a custody order within the state and across state lines - among other things.

Walker, L.E.A., Brantley, K. & Rigsbee, J. (2004). A Critique of Parental Alienation Syndrome. Journal of Child Custody, 2.

Drozd, L., Kuehnle, K. & Walker, L.E.A. (2004). Safety First: Understanding the impact of domestic violence on children. Journal of Child Custody, 2. 

Registration Details: This webinar is open to OVW Grantees and the general public.

  • GTEAP (Arrest) GRANTEES: you are REQUIRED to enter your OVW-issued grant number when registering for this training. 
  • If you are not an Arrest Grantee, no grant number is required. 
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