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Custody Disputes Often Ignore Evidence of Child Abuse

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posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 03:34 PM
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Custody Disputes Often Ignore Evidence of Child Abuse


www.alternet.org

Research indicates that abusers seek sole custody more often than nonviolent parents, and they succeed about 70 percent of the time.

Numerous psychological assessments have been developed to measure trauma in children, theoretically providing a tool for family courts and child protective workers to help determine where custody should be granted or where the child's best interests lay. But advocates for mothers who lose custody to men they accuse of abuse say courts and social workers often ..
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posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 03:34 PM
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It's hard to believe, but according to this article, "Psychologists and psychiatrists involved in case assessments say part of the reason that trauma assessments are not used is because they are costly and time-consuming, and they don't always come out with conclusive results."

Just because it costs some money doesn't, in my mind, mean the cost isn't worth the price to try to be sure that a child is being placed with a non-abusive parent!

And even if the assessment is inconclusive, that should just mean that more assessments are needed to be done.

If the assessment came back saying that there is no indication of abuse, GREAT! BUT, if it comes back as inconclusive, that should be a red flag that should trigger more assessments, I would think!

Think about the poor child who has just received the news that the parent who abuses them has just received sole custody of them!



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[edit on 11/7/07 by Keyhole]



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