Domestic Abuse Assessment in Child Custody Disputes: Beware the Domestic Violence Research Paradigm

  title={Domestic Abuse Assessment in Child Custody Disputes: Beware the Domestic Violence Research Paradigm},
  author={Donald G. Dutton},
  journal={Journal of Child Custody},
  pages={23 - 42}
  • D. Dutton
  • Published 16 January 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Child Custody
ABSTRACT In some states, custody assessors are now required to become familiar with the dynamics of prevalence of domestic abuse since the presence of one or more abusive parents in the house has an impact on the “best interests of the child.” The domestic abuse literature is misleading in setting a framework for abuse incidence and threat source for children. Males are represented as primary perpetrators of physical abuse although data from meta-analytic studies show otherwise. Indirect… 

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