DiscoverPartnered with a Survivor: David Mandel and Ruth Stearns MandelSeason 2 Episode 14: How to perpetrator proof custody & access processes
Season 2 Episode 14: How to perpetrator proof custody & access processes

Season 2 Episode 14: How to perpetrator proof custody & access processes

Update: 2021-08-16
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Building on the Safe & Together Institute's white paper on perpetrators' manipulate of systems (and the related podcast) and work with the national Family Court of Australia, David & Ruth take a closer look at how domestic violence perpetrators can continue to undermine child safety and well-being post-separation, manipulate systems regarding custody and access issues, and how they target professionals in order to extend their coercive control after a relationship has ended. 

In this episode, Ruth & David  talk about: 

  •  How professionals can properly identify and assess coercive control in the context of custody and access matters 
  • How professionals can use a behavioral lens to identify how systems and professionals are targeted, post separation,  by parents who choose coercive control   
  • How to inoculate yourself, as practitioner, against these behaviors
  • How, by using a collaborative parenting standard as a lens for identifying the risks and harms created by domestic violence perpetrators, systems can  increase accountability in custody and access situations
  • How understanding patterns of pre- and post separation coercive control and actions taken to harm the children is essential for understanding,  contextualizing, and validating the protective parents' behaviors 
  • How acknowledging differing cultural expectations of men and women as parents is essential to  assessing child safety and well-being in the context of post separation coercive control

Essential listening for anyone who is interested in child safety and well-being in the context of post separation coercive control, their discussion includes practical steps and has implications for women sector workers and advocates, legal practitioners, child protection, family court, children's advocates, mental health practitioners and others. David & Ruth also hope that survivors can use this information to educate professionals who work with them.

Related podcasts
Season 2 Episode 12: How coercive control harms child safety & wellbeing: An interview with researcher Dr. Emma Katz

Season 2, Episode 5: How professionals can avoid being manipulated by perpetrators

Season 2, Episode 1: 6 Steps to Partnering with Survivors

Episode 29: Family courts are failing the “best interests” of adult and child abuse survivors: An interview with Joan Meier

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Season 2 Episode 14: How to perpetrator proof custody & access processes

Season 2 Episode 14: How to perpetrator proof custody & access processes

Ruth Stearns Mandel & David Mandel