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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Mediation in Domestic Abuse Cases

By Mary Pat Treuthart

Although it has been consistently denounced for over a decade by battered women's advocates, the use of mediation in domestic abuse cases has resurfaced. This article reiterates the arguments against mediation in cases involving domestic violence, emphasizes that advocacy and attorney-assisted negotiation are the preferred means to handling such cases, and explores ways in which available resources may best be used to protect battered women's safety and interests.

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