25 Common Dangerous Mistakes Caused by Failing to Use Current [Domestic Violence] Research

25 Common Dangerous Mistakes Caused by Failing to Use Current [Domestic Violence] Research:

  1. Asking abuse victims to just “get over it.”
  2. Minimizing the full harm caused by domestic violence and child abuse.
  3. Assuming the end of a relationship ends the risk from an abuser.
  4. Assuming abuse that is not recent has little impact on children.
  5. Focusing only on physical abuse.
  6. Failure to understand the significance of the fear and stress caused by abuse.
  7. Failure to focus on the assistance and protection children need in order to heal from exposure to abuse.
  8. Mistaken assumptions that very young children cannot be harmed from witnessing domestic violence.
  9. Pressuring victims to interact and cooperate with their abusers.
  10. Failure to use a multi-disciplinary approach to domestic violence and child abuse cases.
  11. Using non-probative factors like returning to an alleged abuser or not following up on a request for a protective order or the failure to have police or medical reports to discredit reports of abuse.
  12. Failure to look for a pattern of coercive and controlling behavior to recognize domestic violence.
  13. Failure to consider which party is afraid of the other in adjudicating domestic violence.
  14. Failure to guard against the ability of abusers to manipulate witnesses and professionals.
  15. Failure to consider factors that are associated with a higher risk of lethality in resolving domestic violence.
  16. Failure to consider an alleged abuser’s past and future relationships when investigating reports of domestic violence.
  17. Treating an alleged abuser’s good behavior in public as if it provides proof about his behavior in private.
  18. Treating evaluators who fail to discuss ACE and Saunders or are unfamiliar with the research as if they are qualified to respond to domestic violence cases.
  19. Treating any professional who recommends a harmful outcome case as if they are qualified to respond to domestic violence cases.
  20. Failure to discuss which parent is the primary attachment figure and how that effects the children regarding the possible outcomes.
  21. Failure to guard against gender biased approaches and assumptions.
  22. Failure to understand the importance of holding abusers accountable.
  23. Recognizing that court professionals that focus on the myth that mothers frequently make false allegations or unscientific alienation theories reveals more about their lack of qualifications for domestic violence cases than the circumstances in the case.
  24. Failure to understand that child sexual abuse is far more common than previously realized and most abuse is committed by someone the child knows.
  25. Assumptions that men who are successful in other parts of their lives are unlikely to abuse women and children.

Excerpt from Goldstein, Barry. 2018. “Warning to Judges, Evaluators, Caseworkers and Legislators.” Stop Abuse Campaign, July 15. Retrieved July 20, 2018 (http://stopabusecampaign.org/2018/07/15/warning-to-judges-evaluators-caseworkers-and-legislators/).

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