Law Reform

There is a misconception that the legal system is set up to protect domestic violence survivors. Unfortunately, it is not. All too frequently, survivors are denied the ability to protect their children when abusers use the court process to further perpetuate the cycle of power and control. Specifically, abusers will force their former partners to undergo intrusive psychological testing, custody evaluations, depositions and repeated court hearings, thereby dragging out the legal process for years. This strategy, a sign of coercive control, burdens survivors with excessive legal fees and mental stress associated with prolonged litigation. As a result, survivors experience fear, anxiety, re-traumatization and financial ruin in connection with custody battles. 


It is well documented that the majority of "high conflict" custody disputes are really domestic violence cases. These cases are twice as likely to involve abusers than non-abusers, and courts award sole or joint custody to abusive parents in 70 percent of these cases. This is an extremely harmful outcome that further victimizes survivors and children. We must educate the bench to recognize that an abuser's public demeanor, articulateness, charm and good manners in court does not necessarily equate to his lack of abusiveness. 


Below are resources detailing the need for family court justice and law reform. The time to bridge the gender gap is now!

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Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference


SAVE THE DATE: May 4 - 6, 2018

Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A National Crisis

The 13th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference BMCC XIII

 Custody Litigation, Trauma, and Recovery

Radisson Hotel

205 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12205

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Film Screening: What Doesn't Kill Me


SAVE THE DATE: February 21, 2018

University of San Diego School of Law


Every day, 5 million children in the U.S. experience domestic violence, either as witnesses or victims. Most Americans are unaware that an abuser who contests custody from a protective parent will win  most of the time. "What Doesn't Kill Me" is a film that tells the story of women fighting back against a system biased toward male privilege and wealth.


SOAR for Justice is proudly hosting a free screening of this groundbreaking film exposing the need for family court justice. Please check back in early-2018 for event details.


Family Court Justice Resources


Family Court Justice Resources 

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

FAMILY LAW SECTION COUNCIL

INSTITUTE  OF JUSTICE

SETON HALL LAW REVIEW

JUVENILE JUSTICE BULLETIN

STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSTITUTE  OF JUSTICE

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