Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A National
was created in 2003 by two mothers, Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D.
of Albany, NY, and Liliane Heller Miller of
Charlotte, NC. Our on-going goal is to host a national
public forum to address the many complex issues facing battered
women as they strive to protect themselves and their children
during divorce, custody, and visitation disputes.
In addition, we seek to raise public awareness by
The format of the conference continues to develop along with the
growing body of
scholarly research and case law
documenting this issue. It includes
presentations, round-table discussions, and question & answer
sessions with nationally distinguished attorneys, researchers,
writers, and mental health professionals, as well as domestic
violence survivors and their children. We also seek to
foster healing and support for the thousands of mothers,
children, and supporting professionals whose
lives are being permanently affected on a daily
The conference is
open to lay persons and of special interest to advocates, social
workers, psychologists, attorneys, judges, legal personnel, and
others involved in the issue of battered women's and abused
children's legal and civil rights being routinely violated
by juvenile and family courts, DSS, Child
Protective Services, and other self-perpetuating government systems.
Battered Women, Abused Children,
and Child Custody: A National Crisis is not funded and has no paid staff.
It has been, from its inception, a completely volunteer-driven,
self-sustaining, grassroots phenomenon,
and is entirely the unpaid work product of its creators and presenters.
The Conference is neither financially supported by,
nor officially affiliated with any one particular
or political agenda.