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Binding Arbitration and the Problem of Protecting the Survivor of Domestic Abuse

By Anne Argiroff

As alternative dispute resolution has grown as a means to settle domestic relations disputes, serious concerns have begun to emerge concerning its use in cases that involve violence. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of arbitrating cases with complicated issues of power and control and concludes that the court system, with all its flaws, is best equipped to protect the victims of domestic violence.

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