The Bias Against Against Mothers & Children Surviving Abuse Is Widespread

Here are just a few of the large publications beginning to address court treatment of abuse survivors.

Credible Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers by Deborah Tuerkheimer

Schmidt, Samantha. (2019, July 29) ‘A gendered trap’: When mothers allege child abuse by fathers, the mothers often lose custody, study shows. The Washington Post. Retrieved from

Dickson, Sean & Meier, Joan S. (2017) Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation, Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice. Volume 35, Issue 2, Article 10. Retreived from

Child Custody Outcomes in Cases Involving Parental Alienation and Abuse Allegations (2019); Joan S. Meier, Sean Dickson, Chris O’Sullivan, Leora Rosen, Jeffrey Hayes. Retrieved from:

Joan S. Meier (2020) U.S. child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations: what do the data show?,  Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42:1, 92-105, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2020.1701941
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He Beat her Repeatedly. Family Court Triedto Give Him Joint Custody of Their Children from ProPublica by Megan O'Matz

How Wisconsin Handles Parental Custody In Domestic Abuse Cases by Wisconsin Public Radio


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