Kathleen O'Connell Corcoran is a mediator at and associate of the Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon, and a graduate student in counseling psychology at the University of Oregon.
From coercion to empowerment: Spousal abuse and mediation
Article first published online: 11 SEP 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 303–316, Summer 1990
How to Cite
Corcoran, K. O. and Melamed, J. C. (1990), From coercion to empowerment: Spousal abuse and mediation. Mediation Quarterly, 7: 303–316. doi: 10.1002/crq.3900070404
- Issue published online: 11 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 11 SEP 2007
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.