Department of Justice Report Demands Custody Court Reforms
published May 4, 2012 (Summary of Saunder's Report Findings)
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 result in placing children in danger. The Saunders' study is the latest and most prestigious to confirm the validity of these complaints. Dr. Saunders found, "...domestic violence is frequently undetected in custody cases or ignored as a significant factor in custody-visitation determinations (report P. 4). One could argue about at what point the research became so compelling that reforms are required, but with the publication of the Saunders' study there can be no informed discussion that the present practices are safe or acceptable.
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