Beyond the Polemics: Realistic Options to Help Divorcing Families Manage Domestic Violence

St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol. 24, No. 3, p. 603, 2010

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-006

22 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2011 Last revised: 12 Aug 2011

Elayne E. Greenberg

St. John's University School of Law

Date Written: May 18, 2010

Abstract

For many divorcing families where there is domestic violence continues long after the divorce decree. A painful reality is that domestic violence is like a chronic disease: no cures, some remissions, every present. Rather, divorce provides ample, ongoing opportunities for the violence to continue. To our horror, children of divorce are often used as conduits of abuse.

Although domestic violence activists have skillfully politicized this issue, some of the societal gains they have achieved do little to ameliorate the burden shouldered by survivors and their families dealing with the day-to-day management of domestic violence. This article raises how such interventions as parallel parenting, mediation, parenting coordination and parent education as viable options to consider for some survivors and their families.

Suggested Citation

Greenberg, Elayne E., Beyond the Polemics: Realistic Options to Help Divorcing Families Manage Domestic Violence (May 18, 2010). St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol. 24, No. 3, p. 603, 2010; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1816635

Elayne E. Greenberg (Contact Author)

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