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Intimate Partner Violence, Parental Divorce, and Child Custody: Directions for Intervention and Future Research*

Authors


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    We gratefully acknowledge Jeffrey L. Edleson's and Oliver J. Williams’ helpful feedback on an earlier version of this article.

**Jennifer L. Hardesty is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 243 Bevier Hall, MC-180, 905 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (hardesty@uiuc.edu).

Grace H. Chung is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 154 Bevier Hall, MC-180, 905 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (hyechung@uiuc.edu).

Abstract

Abstract: Joint custody and cooperative coparenting are often unsafe for women who leave violent partners. Although certain legal protections are available, more work is needed to understand and address abused women's needs in this context. This study provides divorce scholars and practitioners with information on the interface between separation/divorce and intimate partner violence. We review existing research, policies, and programs and propose directions for intervention and research that center around the unique needs of these families.

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