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.

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