Part 1. The policy debate. Judicial response to family violence: The importance of message

Authors

  • Anne E. Menard,

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    • Anne E. Menard has been executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide network of community-based domestic violence programs, since 1987. She serves as a member of the Connecticut Interagency Family Violence Response Committee.

  • Anthony J. Salius

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    • Anthony J. Salius is state director, Family Division, Connecticut Superior Court. He served as a member of the 1985 Governor's Task Force on Family Violence and is a current member of the Connecticut Interagency Family Violence Response Committee.


Abstract

Connecticut's Family Violence Prevention and Response Act has brought about dramatic changes in the way police, the courts, and service providers coordinate their efforts and respond to incidents of violence within families. The fundamental premises and collaborative process integral to the successful restructuring of Connecticut's family violence response are highly relevant to the current debate on the use of mediation with battered women and their abusive partners.

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