Every person in the family is affected by domestic violence. It starts with ideas like, I don’t deserve to be treated like that, and escalates to “I wish he would die” and finally the police may be involved.
When two people get together they don’t even imagine themselves being embroiled in a bitter custody battle, or incarcerated for laying hands on each other. Unfortunately, the best plans of newly coupled parents get set aside as the day to day irritations arise.
I just returned from a workshop sponsored by the Supervised Visitation Network. Domestic Violence and how to work with families in supervised visits was presented. The difficult position of the monitor, who must work with someone who may have been physically assaulted and then work with the “assaulter” and their child in visits can be a daunting experience. Not taking sides after hearing both stories is important for…

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