Mothers that are in a Domestic Violence relationship often move out of their home and even out of their state of residency to escape from their abusers. This is often resulting in losing custody of their children. After going through an abusive relationship a mother should not be worried that she might lose custody of her children and even worse the abuser becomes the legal custodial parent. I think by implementing laws to protect Domestic Violence Victims Custodial Rights it will encourage women to escape this horrendous and dangerous relationships, It will take away power from the abuser to use children to manipulate their victims, It will also prevent the child to have to live with an abusive person, and it will protect them instead.
A batterer who does file for custody will frequently win, as he has numerous advantages over his partner in custody litigation.
These include: 1) his typical ability to afford better representation (often while simultaneously insisting that he has no money with which to pay child support), 2) his marked advantage over his victim in psychological testing, since she is the one who has been traumatized by the abuse, 3) his ability to manipulate custody evaluators to be sympathetic to him, and 4) his ability to manipulate and intimidate the children regarding their statements to the custody evaluator.
Because of the effects of trauma, the victim of battering will often seem hostile, disjointed, and agitated, while the abuser appears friendly, articulate, and calm. Evaluators are thus tempted to conclude that the victim is the source of the problems in the relationship. A lot of victims often change jobs due to the abuse at home, and they often appear as financially weak against the abuser.
Therefore, it is very important that we must educate and train our law makers including, judges, attorneys, police and law enforcement agencies on Domestic Violence and the effects on the victims and children.
I also propose that there should be a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSE REGISTRY. I believe that if there were larger consequences for the abusers such as a Registry just like for sex offenders, the abuse will decline, it will prevent abuse and thousands of lives will be saved.
Abusers do not want anyone else to know what they do to their victims.
Domestic abuse is as bad as Sexual Abuse.
**WE MUST BRING ATTENTION TO OUR LAW MAKERS SO THEY CAN HELP IMPLEMENT NEW LAWS TO PREVENT CHILDREN TO BE RAISE BY ABUSERS**
**DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NOT A LIFESTYLE OR A CHOICE, AND IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY OF US**