To examine whether custody and visitation mediation is appropriate in cases with a history of spousal violence, the outcomes of 49 self-reported violent couples were compared to those of 29 never-violent couples in court-ordered mediation. Outcomes were not adversely affected significantly except in chronic cases where incidents had occurred both during the marriage and after separation (p - .011). This report calls for standardized screening to identify chronically violent spouses as well as for modified approaches to treatment of such cases.
Mathis, Richard D. and Whinery, Flo
"Spousal Violence and Outcome in Custody and Visitation Mediation,"
Sociological Practice: Vol. 10
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/socprac/vol10/iss1/6