Books and Articles
Child Custody Determination in Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence: A Human Rights Analysis
By Jay G. Silverman, Cynthia M. Mesh, Carrie V. Cuthbert, Kim Slote & Lundy Bancroft
Family courts often ignore the danger of awarding child custody to perpetrators of domestic violence. Men who abuse female partners very often abuse the children of these women. Child custody and visitation arrangements provide an opportunity for abusive men to continue to control women and their children. Also, fathers who seek custody of their children through family court often obtain either primary or joint physical custody. Under human rights law, governments are obligated to prevent violations of the rights of individuals. To our knowledge, this is the first study regarding child custody and domestic violence that includes even a small sample of Latina survivors of domestic violence.
Silverman, J.G., Mesh, C.M., Cuthbert, C.V., Slote, K., &Bancroft, L. (2004). “Child Custody Determinants in Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence: a Human Rights Analysis.” American Journal of Public Health, 94(6), 951-957.
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