Protective Parents Conference Discuss Failures of Family Courts, Such as Arlington County’s, and How to Reform Them

12 May
2013 Battered Women and Child Custody Conference, Washington DC, GW Law School

2013 Battered Women and Child Custody Conference, Washington DC, GW Law School

The Washington Post writes:

“The Battered Mothers Custody Conference started Friday at George Washington University Law School and concludes Sunday with a vigil at the White House. It brings together victims of domestic abuse, advocates and experts in an effort to reform a system they say doesn’t do enough to protect children. Too often, said organizers of the event, which is now in its 10th year, custody or access in contested cases where domestic violence has been alleged is given to abusive fathers because of a misguided emphasis on parental rights that discounts or disbelieves the concerns of women who have been battered. Victimized parents, often suffering from trauma caused by the abuse, are bankrupted and punished for fighting for their children.”

“Cascading disasters and shattered lives are predictable and inevitable,” said Eileen King, executive director of Child Justice in the District and a speaker at the conference. She pointed to the case of 15-month-old Prince McLeod Rams, allegedly drowned by his father after his mother unsuccessfully tried to block unsupervised visits, and the infamous deaths in 2008 of Amy Castillo’syoung children by a father she warned was dangerous.”

Among the featured speakers were CNN Commentator Wendy Murphy, and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal

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