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Blaming by Naming: Battered Women and the Epidemic of Codependence

Phyllis B. Frank and Gail Kadison Golden Codependency is an increasingly popular term for describing an expanding population of individuals. This concept, originally identified by drug and alcohol counselors, was formulated to describe those individuals who make relationships with substance abusers, enable them, and fail to leave them even after it becomes clear that the relationship is a damaging one (Rockland County Department of

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Lies of the Fathers (Rights Groups)

by Barry Goldstein The United States Department of Justice offered some good news to long suffering protective mothers and their children when it announced grants to courts in Illinois, Delaware, Minnesota and Oregon to develop improved practices to protect battered women and their children. Incredibly, the abusers’ lobby objects to any possible reforms to promote children’s safety out of concern the improved practices might

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Stopping Murders with the Quincy Solution

Quincy Solution to Haskell Murder By Barry Goldstein   Many people were shocked and saddened over a tragic story from Spring, Texas in which domestic abuser Ron Lee Haskell was looking for his ex-wife and went to the home of her sister and brother-in-law demanding to know where she was. When they were unable to tell him, Haskell executed the two parents and their

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USING THE SAUNDERS’ REPORT- PART ONE

Part I: The Game Changing Findings The United States Department of Justice provided a grant to support a major study by Dr. Daniel Saunders of the University of Michigan to determine how well court professionals and particularly evaluators are responding to domestic violence cases. The study comes in the context of frequent and substantial complaints that custody courts are using deeply flawed practices that

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Will the real hero please stand up!

The Quincy Model to the Quincy Solution By Barry Goldstein   Bill Delahunt served as a Congressman from Massachusetts for 14 years.  I can easily imagine some people who are frustrated with our political system and debate would think of him as just a typical politician.  But Bill Delahunt is a hero who saved many lives and the benefits of his work will increase exponentially

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UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DYNAMICS: A PREREQUISITE FOR COURT PROFESSIONALS TO WORK ON DV CUSTODY CASES

by Barry Goldstein   The frequency with which judges, lawyers, evaluators, child protective caseworkers and other professionals fail to recognize true complaints of domestic violence made by mothers in child custody cases has led to extensive discussions among domestic violence experts about the need for training. In many of these cases the professionals denied valid complaints despite receiving domestic violence training. Too often they

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2012 BrotherPeace Award: Dr. Diana Russell

The Ending Men’s Violence Network of NOMAS is concerned with all forms of violence by men, particularly in the context of sexism and patriarchal privilege. The EMV periodically awards its National BrotherPeace Award to an individual who has made significant lifetime achievements in combating Men’s Violence. We are proud this year to name as the 2012 BrotherPeace recipient a woman who truly personifies those

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES REQUIRE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EXPERTS: DUH!

By Barry Goldstein I can understand why the court system did not immediately seek to learn from and rely on domestic violence experts when domestic violence first became a public issue in the mid to late 1970s. There was no research available and few domestic violence advocates. A popular assumption and misconception was that domestic violence was caused by mental illness, substance abuse and

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Ray Rice Gets Away with it Again

Who Should We Blame? By Barry Goldstein The Ray Rice case resonates for me because I have been working in the movement to prevent domestic violence for the past 31 years.  I have seen too many women like Janay Palmer brutally beaten by men who believed there were circumstances that could justify their assaults.  I have seen all too many stories and been involved

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And then Ray Rice and Roger Goodell had to Ruin the World

And then Ray Rice and Roger Goodell had to Ruin the World By Barry Goldstein   My domestic violence education started when three children told their mother that their father was physically and sexually abusing them.  She tried to protect them by filing a petition for custody and a protective order and reporting his abuse to Child Protective Services (CPS).  Initially the children were

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