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Abstract

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.