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
Donna Andersen is author of Lovefraud.com, 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. She has presented research to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Donna appeared on television shows including ABC News 20/20, Who the Bleep Did I Marry? and The Ricki Lake Show. She graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in psychology and journalism. www.lovefraud.com
Ben Atherton-Zeman is a public speaker and comedic performer on issues of violence prevention. He has given performances and keynotes in 46 states,Canada, England, Turkey, China, South Africa, India, Nepal, Scotland,Spain and the Czech Republic. Ben has spoken and performed at military installations, colleges, high schools, public theatres, conferences, houses of worship and juvenile detention facilities. For almost thirty years, Ben has worked as a prevention educator for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and state coalitions. He is an advisory board member for the White Ribbon Campaign in the United Kingdom and a blogger for Ms. Magazine. Ben is learning how to use Twitter, and occasionally tweets as @feministben. He’s trying to popularize the hash tag #menlistentowomen. Ben identifies as a “recovering sexist”* and believes every man must challenge violence and sexism in the world and in themselves. He met and fell in love with his incredible wife, Lucinda, eighteen years ago while they were both doing improvisational comedy - they live in Maynard, Massachusetts and have no children except themselves. For information about Ben’s one-man play, “Voices of Men,” please go to www.voicesofmen.org.
Chrys Ballerano has been working with NYSCASA- the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault based in Albany, New York since 1999 using her counseling, public speaking and advocacy skills. Chrys brings her passion as a survivor, artist, parent and social activist to all the work she does in the anti-rape and social justice movements. As Senior Director of Collaboration and Training Chrys provides technical assistance, resources and training support to Rape Crisis Programs, survivors and diverse constituents throughout NYS. Chrys presents on the importance of using trauma-informed approaches, including the arts, when working to help individuals. She is also a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a certified Yoga Instructor through Karuna Yoga Center and a certificate in Herbal Studies from Clearpath Herbals in Wendell MA. Chrys co-directs the Building Connections: Sexual Assault and Mental Health Project and has led this trauma-focused network since 1999. In 2017, she was invited to present at an international two-conference on child sexual abuse being held in Greece.
Lundy Bancroft is the author of Why Does He Do That, The Batterer as Parent, and other books, articles, and presentations on battering dynamics. He has spent the last fifteen years of his career specializing in domestic abuse and the behavior of abusive men and is considered one of the world’s experts on the subject. He is the author of journal articles on abuse that have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Contemporary Psychology. The former co director at Emerge, the nation’s first program for abusive men, Bancroft now practices in Massachusetts while training various state and judicial agencies in dealing with domestic abuse situations. With Patrice Lenowitz, he co-wrote Forbidden to Protect, a play about the experiences of real-life battered mothers as they encountered injustices in the family courts of this nation, which is being performed at this year’s BMCC.
Joanna Barr, Ed.D. is an IPV survivor and teaches college courses in psychology and early childhood education. She recently completed the Doctorate of Education in Language Arts and Literacy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She used the graduate program as a “coping project” while embroiled in court battles, and she hopes that other survivors will gain strength and encouragement from journaling and other pursuits.
Laura Pennington Briggs is a PhD candidate at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Laura’s research on domestic violence and public policy has been presented at four international conferences. Laura received Virginia Tech’s Graduate Student Service Excellence Award and the Frank Beamer Community Service Award for her work with domestic violence. Her master’s thesis analyzed laws designed to protect immigrants facing a high risk of abuse in the U.S., which is now used as a teaching tool at UC Irvine.
Tynia Canada, a native New Yorker, professional vocalist, transformational speaker, entrepreneur and psychology associate, is also founder and CEO of Inspirational Spirit of the Phoenix, LLC, which began as a sleepover for girlfriend’s and has grown to become a nationally recognized organization. Inspirational Spirit of the Phoenix’s initial mission was to empower and mentor women from all walks of life. However, with Canada’s strong leadership, vision and fortitude, Inspirational Spirit of the Phoenix was immediately morphed into an organization that provides wrap-around support for women, children and families.
Through Canada’s dedication and passion to help others, Inspirational Spirit of the Phoenix has grown from serving local members to members on a global scale as well. As CEO of Inspirational Spirit of the Phoenix, Canada uses her professional insight to provide mental health support services that help heal the scourge of abuse inflicted by abusive partners, insensitive custody courts and corrupt officers of the Judiciary.
Canada has been featured in Essence Magazine, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and other publications. As for her educational accomplishments, Canada earned her dual undergraduate degree in music education and communications from Adelphi University and a master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology from Capella University. She is also a recipient of the Fight for My Child Award from Wetati, a local organization dedicated to challenging and inspiring women to DARE to achieve their ‘impossible.’ Her stature and caliber earned her the Trailblazers award from Wetati.
As a sought out speaker and vocalist, Canada is the proud mother of two, a son who is a recent college graduate, and a teenage high school daughter enrolled in honor classes in high school.
Canada strives to always live by the motto:" When you wake up, express gratitude for All things. You have the power to create your destiny! Simply believe.”
Dara Carlin is an independent Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate in Hawaii who has spent the majority of her career working in CPS-related and non-profit social service agencies. She holds a Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Hofstra University and is a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence as well as the family court system. Dara has been a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher at her local parish for the past 10 years.
Dr. Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York. She is a best selling and influential author, a legendary feminist leader, and a psychotherapist and expert courtroom witness. Dr. Chesler has lectured and organized women’s rights and human rights campaigns all over the world and has also appeared in the world media as an eloquent and passionate commentator on the major events of our time. She has lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She currently resides in Manhattan. Dr. Chesler is co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and co-founder of the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is a charter member of the Women’s Forum (1973-74), and a co-founder and Board member of the International Committee for the Jerusalem based Women of the Wall (1989-2009). Dr. Chesler’s fourteen books and thousands of articles and speeches have inspired countless people. Her books include: the classic Women and Madness (1972); Women, Money and Power (1976); About Men (1978); With Child: A Diary of Motherhood (1979); Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody(1986); Letters to a Young Feminist (1998); Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman (2002); Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism’s Holy Site (2002); The New AntiSemitism. The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It (2003); The Death of Feminism. What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (2005). Her works have been translated into many European languages and into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew. She has published a volume titled “Islamic Gender Apartheid: A Veiled War on Women,” “ (2017) A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing” (2018) and, in the fall the title above which has material related to custody and is titled “A Politically Incorrect Feminist.” The sub-title is not my choice but there it is.
Jennifer Collins is the Prevention Coordinator at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, co-chairs the NH Sexual violence prevention task force and is the leader of the Courageous Kids network. Jennifer has worked in various positions in the field of domestic violence including at local crisis & prevention centers, domestic violence shelters and law offices which represent domestic violence victims in matrimonial and custody cases. Jennifer is a survivor of child abuse at the hands of her father and is the daughter of Holly Collins, who heroically protected Jennifer and her brother when the system failed. She is determined to be a cause for change and to offer a voice to those who have none.
Nancy Erickson (J.D. Brooklyn Law School, LL.M. Yale Law School, M.A. Forensic Psychology John Jay College of Criminal Justice) is a consultant on issues relating to law and psychology, particularly child custody evaluations and domestic violence. For eight years she was a Senior Attorney at Legal Services for New York City, Brooklyn Branch, representing low income clients– primarily battered women – in divorce and other family cases. For over ten years, she was a professor of law, teaching at New York Law School, Cornell, Ohio State, New York University, and Seton Hall Law School. She has also been an attorney for the City of New York, a Legal Services attorney with the National Center on Women and Family Law (no longer in existence due to funding cuts), and an attorney in private practice. She has written books and articles on family law, including domestic violence, child support, custody, marital property, attorneys for children, custody evaluations, and adoption. She is currently researching and writing on custody issues, especially custody evaluations, laws regarding custody in cases where there has been domestic violence, and the use of parental alienation theories against parents who are attempting to protect their children or themselves from abuse.
Lisa Fischel-Wolovick, JD, MSW is an attorney who has represented battered women for almost thirty years. She is also the author of numerous publications including her recent book: Traumatic Divorce and separation, to be published by Oxford Univ. Press, in March 2018. She helped to organize the first Criminal Court that specialized in domestic violence. Before becoming an attorney, she obtained her master’s in social work and worked in hospital social work which included advocacy and counseling for battered women. Ms. Fischel-Wolovick is currently teaching courses in Family Violence and Child Maltreatment at the City University of New York, in John Jay’s Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology, and has been a panelist in domestic violence, child custody, and trauma
Fletcher Fox is a survivor. At age 11, Fletcher won the Rising Star Award for recognition of academic achievement at a competitive, public middle school. A few months later, family court ignored years of domestic violence documentation and gave his father half custody. After Fletcher told people his dad was kicking, hitting and punching him, he did not get protected. Instead he got shipped off to far away residential treatment centers with horrific reputations and family court eventually gave his dad full custody. His is a harrowing story of bravery in the face of shocking institutional travesties and years of maternal deprivation. Even though his dad and the court were obviously trying to silence him, he still made his voice heard. Such things as a 911 call, a letter from a sheriff's office documenting a time he tried to escape, a video he made, and a clandestinely sent Facebook message helped his mom galvanize journalists and the Disability Law Center into starting investigations. Institutional abuse and neglect was founded exploding in big press and legislative hearings. What did Family Court do with these shocking findings? If you want to punch walls, scream, and turn the Judge's picture into a dart board, come to this workshop and find out.
Barry Goldstein is an internationally recognized domestic violence author, speaker and advocate. He has worked in the DV movement since 1983 and served as an instructor in a NY Model Batterer Program since 1999. He is co-editor of two volumes of Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody with the esteemed Dr. Mo Therese Hannah, Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor co-authored with Elizabeth Liu, Scared to Leave Afraid to Stay and The Quincy Solution: Stop Domestic Violence and Save $500 Billion. Barry is the Research Director for the Stop Abuse Campaign and Co-Chair of the Child Custody Task Force for NOMAS. He serves as an expert witness and a highly regarded speaker. Barry Goldstein is the author of the Safe Child Act which is a comprehensive legislative solution to the child custody crisis.
Maude Gorman is the president and founder of her own anti-bullying nonprofit organization and has served as a faithful volunteer to the American Red Cross, Avon Walk For Breast Cancer, New England Aquarium, Horizons for Homeless Children, and Autism Speaks. Gorman also enjoys volunteering as a piano instructor for struggling teens at a local community center, and organizing beach clean-ups throughout Massachusetts. Continuing on, Gorman’s efforts have helped raise over $4,500 for the Epilepsy Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, and World Wildlife Fund. In her downtime, Gorman enjoys snowboarding competitively for the United States of America Snowboarding Association and has earned herself several national and international rankings over the years. Gorman has also claimed the privilege of working as a co-host on Henry’s Baseball Show, as well as a media-directed marketing volunteer for the TV series “Obsessed With The Dress.” Throughout her reign as Miss Massachusetts World America, Gorman promoted her platform statement of sexual assault awareness by working directly with fellow survivors.
Ellen Gutowski, MA,is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Boston College and has her master’s in mental health counseling, also from Boston College. She is committed to engaging in research that promotes the empowerment of women and exposes truths about gender-based discrimination. Her specific research interests include understanding how diverse populations experience and overcome social and economic barriers, with a particular focus on women’s experiences, career development and the shared spaces between the two.
Helen Hailes, MSc is a PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. She holds a master’s degree in Psychiatry from the University of Oxford, where she studied the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse in adulthood. She is interested in engaging in collaborative and community-based research around issues of violence, trauma, and abuse, particularly with women and families from low-income backgrounds.
Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D., Conference Chair, is a Professor of Psychology at Siena College. She is a licensed New York State psychologist with a specialty in couples therapy and relationship dynamics. She is an Advanced Clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy and an Academic Faculty member of Imago Relationships International. Her clinical and research interests revolve around couples therapy, intimate partner violence, and transpersonal psychology. She serves as the Editor of Family and Interpersonal Violence Quarterly and has published seven books, including as Co-Editor, with Barry Goldstein, Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues, Volumes 1 (2010) and 2 (in press). In 2004, she co-founded and continues to serve as Chair of the annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference (BMCC; batteredmotherscustodyconference.org)
(Paul) Stanley Holdorf, Esq. graduated from Stanford Law School in 1969, and has been licensed to practice law since 1972. He participated in numerous civil rights actions during the course of his career as in-house corporate counsel. Since 2004, Stanley has dedicated himself full-time to pro bono work. He served as Staff Attorney, Economic Loss Expert, and Database Coordinator for Trial Lawyers Care, the largest pro bono legal effort in the history of the United States, which helped more than 1,700 families of victims of the 9/11 attacks apply for federal financial assistance. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund's adoption of Stanley's recommendation to revise the economic eligibility formula increased families' access to funds. For the past 12 years, Stanley has served as an Executive Officer on the Board of Directors of the National Family Court Watch Project. Stanley has presented Court Watch data findings that measure the effectiveness of the family court system in cases that involve issues of domestic violence and child abuse at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) and Battered Mothers Custody Conference (BMCC). He is presently Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Delaware-New Jersey Chapter.
Kathy Jones, DVSur5r is a Justice Advocate, Consultant, and
rainer, who promotes outside-the-box solutions and best-practice responses to families living under the oppression of domestic violence perpetrators. She comes with 9+ years of personal experience, and 20 years of professional experience in systems advocacy for adult and child victims of family violence, with her focus being legal, child protection, and mental health systems. She has also done extensive consulting work locally and nationally, and is best known for her internationally-used training tool, "The Maze of Coercive Control." She currently coordinates Lundy Bancroft’s Child Custody Team. Find out more about her and DVSur5r Network at www.dvsur5r.com
Jill Jones-Soderman is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts, publisher of the US Whistle Blower (uswhistleblower.org), and producer of Special Angels Media – “Predator In Possession.”
Casey Keene is Director of Programs & Prevention, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Casey has served in various roles at NRCDV since 2001, where she provides programmatic oversight to the technical assistance, training and resource development initiatives of the Programs & Prevention Team. Casey provides leadership to key initiatives including PreventIPV and VAWnet, two premier online resource libraries offering tools for preventing and responding to gender-based violence. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey co-leads the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum and provides national level technical assistance and training on childhood trauma and resilience. Casey is a Licensed Social Worker and graduate field instructor who
earned her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University and has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for over 16 years.
Toby Kleinman is a NJ attorney and a partner in the law firm of Adler & Kleinman. She has litigated domestic violence, child custody, and abuse cases and has been a consultant in legal cases dealing with domestic violence and child abuse in over 45 states. She is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Child Custody, published articles and editorials in the Journal of Child Custody, written a Legal Affairs column for the Trauma Psychology Newsletter of Division 56, the American Psychological Association’s Division on Trauma, has published articles in The New Jersey Law Journal, has two chapters in the book, The Broken Family Court and is currently working on the 3rd Edition of Social Work and The Courts: A Casebook with co-author Daniel Pollack. Voted a NJ Super Lawyer, Ms. Kleinman has trained family court judges in several states, is an adjunct Professor to the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale Florida, and is called as a guest expert on network television, including Good Morning America and World News Tonight.
Patrice Lenowitz is a domestic violence survivor, advocate and activist. She is the founder and co-facilitator of The Nurtured Parent Support Group, a weekly support group empowering survivors of domestic abuse. Of paramount importance to her work is advocating for victims’ rights and to unravel why family court often fails to protect the most vulnerable among us, victims and their children in crisis seeking a life free from abuse. Patrice is also the co-playwright with author Lundy Bancroft of FORBIDDEN TO PROTECT, a theatrical production that tells the true stories of family court victims, and raises questions about the improper court response to domestic violence and child abuse, which is being presented this year at the BMCC. Patrice co-founded the Children’s Justice Campaign with actress Kelly Rutherford. The CJC is a national organization that seeks to protect children’s constitutional rights and promote their health and wellbeing in law and society. As a Community Educator for the Center for Hope and Safety, Patrice speaks publicly to a wide range of audiences on the dynamics of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking, and their palpable threat to our nation’s women and children. To further address these issues in her home state, Patrice and crime victims’ attorney Rich Pompelio have teamed up to form a statewide grassroots project that calls for family court and child protective services reform. WE THE CHILDREN is a revolutionary movement in the area of child victims’ rights and made up of members from every county in the state of New Jersey.
Renee Mazer was a graduate of University of Pennsylvania's Wharton and Law Schools, an award winning attorney, founder of High Score, a test prep company, speaker at Mensa conferences, and creator of the award winning, critically acclaimed, top selling Not Too Scary Vocabulary. And then she got divorced from a wealthy, powerful man. Despite police and medical reports documenting years of domestic violence, unconscionable family court decisions gave her ex the ability to keep her son trapped and motherless at far away institutions. Her career became getting him home.
Maralee McLean Maralee McLean is an activist, child advocate, domestic violence expert, national professional speaker, and author of PROSECUTED BUT NOT SILENCED: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. Maralee has written several articles for the ABA Child Law Journal, Women’s E-News and other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children. Maralee is with Women’s Media Center (WMC), SheSourceExpert, NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) and is with APB speaker bureau and RAINN speaker bureau. She speaks at conferences, law schools and is a spokesperson for protective mothers working everyday for protective mothers and their children. Her passion for advocacy developed through living a mother’s worst nightmare. Fighting the system with body and soul, she gained the insight that this was not her nightmare alone. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Colorado State Capitol and has been involved in legislative work that spans over two decades. She testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children’s rights in our courts. Maralee’s story has been covered by many media outlets and internationally on CNN. www.maraleemclean.com
Lisa Mehos teaches Yoga to all age groups from pre-school to adult, through private and group classes that develop positive energy, resilience, and strength. During her 10 years of teaching, she has completed specialized certifications in Children’s Yoga, Family Yoga, Trauma-sensitive teaching methodology, and Y12SR yoga providing healing from eating disorders, addictions, trauma, & abuse. Her customized curriculum promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being; combats bullying, and confronts obstacles.
She has years of experience in NYC communities and schools with “New York Cares,” NYS Education Department, Gilda's Club, and programs for children, adults, and families, working in homes, schools, corporate offices, community centers, fitness centers, and shelters. She is affiliated with “Inhale to Exhale,” “Womankind,” formerly the NY Asian Women’s Center; and provides Yoga classes for Spanish-speaking mothers and children.
A graduate of Emma Willard School and Boston College, she taught Step Aerobics and earned an AFAA certification, while completing a B.S. degree in Business. She worked in that field, before starting a promotional products company; until her own children& life inspired her to dedicate herself to the health and well-being of children, adults, and families.
Erin C. Miller Erin C. Miller holds Master’s degrees in Africana Studies and Domestic Violence, as well as certifications in addictions and traumatic stress studies. Her areas of expertise include the intersections of trauma and addictions, sexual & domestic violence in LGBQ/T communities, and the needs of Haredi survivors of violence & abuse. She has consulted and/or trained for the Department of Justice, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, amongst others. She has been adjunct faculty in Forensic Nursing at Boston College, and continues to teach at the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado. Currently, Ms. Miller serves on the project management teams of the National SANE TeleNursing Center, and the GLBTQ Trauma Informed Care Project out of US Administration for Children and Families. She also has the privilege of serving as the coordinator of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, providing services to patients, staff and the surrounding community.
Wendy Murphy is an adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law Boston where she also co-directs the Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Wendy prosecuted child abuse and sex crimes cases for many years. In 1992 she founded the first organization in the nation to provide pro bono legal services to crime victims. Wendy is an impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts has changed the law to better protect the constitutional and civil rights of victimized women and children. Wendy writes and lectures widely on the rights of women, children and criminal justice policy. She is a contributing editor for Women’s eNews and writes a regular column for The Patriot Ledger. Wendy has published numerous scholarly articles on novel legal issues including the first law review article to describe the legal relationship between sexual assault on campus and Title IX. Dubbed the “Goddaughter of Title IX” by the “Godmother of Title IX,” Dr. Bernice Sandler, Wendy’s impact litigation in the area of campus sexual assault, beginning in the 1990s, includes a first of its kind case against Harvard, which was filed with the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education in 2002 and led to widespread awareness and reforms in the redress and prevention of campus sexual assault. Other impact litigation and topics of scholarship include ensuring that “antibullying” laws are not used to inhibit the public’s understanding of sexual harassment as a civil rights injury; using due process and standing doctrine to address gender bias in criminal rape cases; using constitutional privacy rights doctrine to protect victims’ therapeutic counseling files; forcing state courts to comply with the American with Disabilities Act and grant testimonial accommodations to disabled crime victims; protecting the parental rights of women who become pregnant from rape; protecting child rape victims from court-ordered rape; protecting the free speech rights of victims so they can use words such as “rape” and “victim” during trial. Wendy is a popular and bold speaker on the lecture circuit who describes herself as “fiercely non-partisan.” Wendy is also a well-known television legal analyst who Emmy Award-winning journalist Emily Rooney calls the “best talker” on television with a “finger on the pulse of victims’ and women’s rights.” Wendy has worked for NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. She regularly provides legal analysis for network and cable news programs. Her first book, “And Justice For Some,” was published by Penguin/ Sentinel in 2007.
Elsa Newman was born in Philadelphia where her grandfather was the first Newman in the city phone directory. She is an Honors graduate in 3 years of Goucher College and University of Maryland Francis King Carey Law School. After stints as law clerk to Judge Lehrer, Assistant Attorney General, litigator for the FLRA Solicitor's Office (where she received awards for her litigation skill), and editor for the Research Institute of America, she started a family and produced public interest programs with her then husband. Experiencing DV in her marriage, she sought intervention from the family court and ended up in prison as a conspirator of one to crimes she had no involvement in, enduring several trials and reversals at the same courthouse where she began her divorce. Elsa has rebuilt her life in New York with much gratitude to Margaret Candler and Nancy Erickson, Esq..
Chris S. O'Sullivan, PhD, is a social psychologist who has been conducting applied research on sexual assault and intimate partner violence, with a focus on the justice system response, for 25 years. She has been PI or co-PI on research grants from the National Institute of Justice on court orders for visitation in domestic violence cases, the impact on women and children of visitation by abusive former partners, and custody evaluations. She has coordinated trainings for judges, prosecutors, family law attorneys and others, building on her and others' research to identify better practices. She is a consultant on the Family Court Outcomes Study.
Alan Rosenfeld is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a BA and a JD. As an attorney he moved to Vermont in 1983 and quickly became nationally known for his work representing mothers of sexually abused children in high conflict custody case. He was the author of a significant law review article about the statute of limitations barriers in child sexual abuse cases and was the attorney for some of the first civil lawsuits by adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Alan has represented battered women in custody cases all across the country and defended mothers accused of parental kidnapping who took their children into hiding to protect them from abuse. Alan currently resides outside of Boulder, Colorado where he continues his solo legal practice.
Moshe Rozdzial, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in private practice (www.glowcounseling.com), in Denver, Colorado. He is the national co-chair of NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (www.nomas.org), and is a trainer and presenter on issues of diversity, liberation, social justice, and gender.
Julie Satterfield-Price is a history college professor at the University of South Carolina. She has experienced abuses first-hand in America's family courts when her attorney, ex-husband was arrested for physically abusing their daughters. When she established a blog to expose the abuses in America's family courts, it reached international proportions. Despite her Constitutional right to freedom of speech, the Florida Courts shut her down when she exposed the court-appointed experts, GAL's and cronies. In frustration with the courts, she left America and was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom due to abuses suffered - first American to ever do so. Although the book she authored is a work of fiction, it is loosely based on her experiences, and can give hope to others experiencing similar issues of abuse. She has been happily remarried for over 14 years and is a mother to four incredible daughters.
Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of Trauma Disorder Services for Children at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and past president for the International Society for the Study of Dissociation. In addition to her role as a clinician, Dr. Silberg is an Associate Editor for The Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma Practice. Dr. Silberg is the recipient of the Walter P. Klopfer Award, 1992, for outstanding research contribution and the Cornelia Wilbur Award, 1997, for clinical excellence. She is the author of The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation (Routledge, 2012); the editor of The Dissociative Child (Sidran Press, 1996/1998) and co-editor of the book Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Haworth Press, 2002). She has presented at 100s of professional conferences and conducts training workshops around the world on the treatment of traumatized and dissociative children.
Her website is www.thechildsurvivor.com
Betsy Stando is a certified hypnotherapist through the IMDHA. She has also faced serious legal and psychological challenges through the court system. She hopes to help others through empathy, compassion, and encouragement.
Evan Stark is a sociologist and forensic social worker who has been working at the interface of feminist activism, child welfare, health research and justice reform since he and his wife Anne Flitcraft, MD helped found one of the earliest Shelters for battered women in l970's. His prize winning book Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life (Oxford, 2007) helped stimulate the new crime of "coercive and controlling behavior" throughout the United Kingdom and helped broaden the conversation in the United States. His new book "What about the Children?" documents the many ways that abusive partners coercively control children and how children respond, holding that it is imperative to treat coercive control as a spectrum.
Victoria Szurant has a degree in Political Science from the University at Buffalo and Master’s in International Business from Schiller International University, Heidelberg, Germany. Victoria resides in Florida for 18 years, and prior to that in New York for 17 years. A citizen of the United States and the Republic of Poland of the European Union, Victoria is a life-long higher education learner of sciences and human nutrition. Victoria was a Director of Information Systems for five years, before transitioning to growing family businesses in international business and real estate. While married, Victoria was a full-time primary parent of two gifted children, now a thirteen-year old son and ten-year-old daughter. A civil liberties advocate, a nutritionist, an aspiring international leader, author, and filmmaker, Victoria has a dream that one day the universal human rights of families, mothers and children, transcend the laws of any one state or country border.
Connie Valentine, M.S., former rehabilitation counselor, co-founder of Mothers of Lost Children and California Protective Parents Association.