Battered  Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody:

"A National Crisis"

The 13th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference
"Custody Litigation, Trauma, and Recovery"
May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2018


Maze of Coercive Control by Kathy Jones, Dvsr5r

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Donna Anderson

Donna Andersen is author of, and three books, Love Fraud, Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath and the Red Flags of Love Fraud Workbook. She is program administrator for Lovefraud Continuing Education, which offers webinars to help professionals and the public identify, escape and recover from narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths and other manipulators.​​

Tynia Canada, Keynote

Vocal CD: Surviving the Pain in the Fight for Your Child

Plyllis Chesler

​A Family Conspiracy:  Honor Killing

Newest book.  The cover design is of a soulful young woman’s face in the knife....she is bearing witness to the crime against her about to be committed or the crime that has already shed her blood. The official publication date is April 24th. You can order a book right now.

Lisa Fischel-Wolovick 
Traumatic Divorce and Separation
This book is an integration of the study of trauma, divorce, and separation impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. While the original research on divorce took place at roughly the same time as the field of trauma, social scientists did not integrate an understanding of trauma into their understanding of domestic violence and divorce. During divorce, such families are impacted by a history of traumatic exposure to abuse and require court intervention that cannot be addressed by mediation or alternative dispute resolution. They require a trauma-informed interdisciplinary response. The text also discusses gender bias against women in the courts and the gender bias task force movement.

Legal Strategies and Policy Issues
Edited by Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. and Barry Goldstein, J.D.

This book brings together the expertise and perspective of more than thirty contributors to BMCC in a comprehensive resource that arms advocates with the best thinking and most effective legal strategies in the battle to protect mothers and families from a system that often fails to address abuse and sometimes actually worsens the problem. 

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly
The Journal of Advocacy, Programming, Research, and Law
Editor: Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D.

A journal devoted to bringing professionals in the field a practical focus on the best new ideas for preventing, prosecuting, and treating family and intimate partner abuse…
Now benefit from the best thinking in the field, with the professional journal devoted exclusively to practical research results, innovative programs, and important legal developments in family and intimate partner violence treatment and prevention ...

Representing The Domestic Violence Survivor
Critical Legal Issues; Effective Safety Strategies
By Barry Goldstein, J.D., and Elizabeth Liu, J.D.

​Written by two nationally respected attorney advocates based on “best practices” in trial court and on current science on the effects of interpersonal violence, Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor provides attorneys and advocates with a complete roadmap for planning, preparing, briefing, and arguing DV cases—including civil protection cases, custody cases, and criminal cases—in the most effective way possible in order to provide better protection for survivors of domestic violence and their children.  

​​Kathy Jones, DVSur5r
Justice Advocate, Consultant & Trainer
Maze of Coercive Control

Maze of Coercive Control, the NEW Power & Control Wheel (on Steroids), created by Kathy Jones, DVSur5r, is an internationally-used training tool.

Toby Kleinman
Kleinman & Pollac

Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation​
When domestic abuse and children are involved, divorce and custody can be the epitome of high-stakes conflict and frustration and all too frequently protective parents lose custody of their child to a named abuser. Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation helps mental health professionals, attorneys, and lay readers navigate the judicial process so that decisions are truly made in the best interest of children. The text reveals how all the puzzle pieces of the judicial process fit together -- judges, attorneys, mental health experts, children, spouses -- and how to overcome many of the obstacles they will confront along the way.​

​Maralee Mclean

Prosecuted But Not Silenced - Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children

In Prosecuted but not Silenced, Maralee McLean exposes the dirty secret that most of the public is blissfully unaware of.  The secret is that our custody court system routinely fails to protect children from dangerous abusers and especially sexual predators.  Although mothers make deliberate false allegations of abuse less than 2% of the time, 85% of child sexual abuse allegations result in custody to the alleged abuser which means the courts are sentencing many children to a childhood living with their rapists.​​


Elsa Newman, Artist

Portrait Garden, by Lynn Cazabon, is a collection of photographs and recorded conversations with eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW).
“Portrait Garden” used environmental stewardship as a tool for self-reflection, resulting in the creation of three perennial gardens on the prison grounds.


Julie Satterfield-Price​
Where Have All Our Daughters Gone?

While many books which address divorce, child custody issues and abuses in the family courts are self-help, psychology  materials, Where Have All Our Daughters Gone, is a fictional novel.  It is written in a manner to allow the reader to lose themselves in a love story, but also experience the world of America's family courts and the challenges to move forward. Critics have compared it to a "Nicholas Sparks love story that meets a John Grisham courtroom drama."