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Abstract

Early discussions of the issue of mediating separation and divorce when there has been spousal abuse were characterized by misconception and polarization. As this dialogue continued, relevant terms were better defined, needs and interests were expressed, and understanding, responsiveness, and solutions emerged. This article suggests that the ultimate answer to the question of whether mediation should take place when there has been spousal abuse lies in determining the present level of coercion or intimidation in the relationship.