Stephen K. Erickson is a founder and the second president of the Academy of Family Mediators. A “recovering attorney,” he has practiced exclusively as a mediator in Minneapolis since 1977.
Mediating spousal abuse divorces
Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 377–388, Summer 1990
How to Cite
Erickson, S. K. and McKnight, M. S. (1990), Mediating spousal abuse divorces. Mediation Quarterly, 7: 377–388. doi: 10.1002/crq.3900070409
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This article declines to debate whether or not mediation of spousal abuse cases is appropriate. Rather, it assumes that approximately half of all cases submitted for mediation involve some history of spousal abuse; the question therefore becomes not whether to mediate but what special steps must be taken when abuse is suspected or known. Concerns about protection, control, and power balancing require sophisticated skills that the beginning, inexperienced, or minimally trained mediator may lack. This article outlines special procedures that have been developed to assure successful mediated outcomes of these special cases.