Mildred Daley Pagelow, clinical sociologist, is adjunct research professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton. As a trained expert in conflict resolution, she is also afamify and divorce mediator in private practice.
Effects of domestic violence on children and their consequences for custody and visitation agreements
Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 347–363, Summer 1990
How to Cite
Pagelow, M. D. (1990), Effects of domestic violence on children and their consequences for custody and visitation agreements. Mediation Quarterly, 7: 347–363. doi: 10.1002/crq.3900070407
- Issue online: 11 SEP 2007
- Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2007
This research review provides strong support for claims by battered women's advocates that domestic violence is harmful to children. The author argues against custody mediation between abusers and their victims but acknowledges that relatively few victims identify themselves. Some suggestions on ways to identify violent relationships are offered, plus some ideas on measures mediators may take in those jurisdictions where mediation is mandatory. Research findings suggest taking a new look at parent-child contact after violent marriages terminate in divorce, including a stronger focus on the best interests of the child rather than on parental rights.