Research has indicated that far too often, family courts make decisions that hurt women and children who are already victims of abuse. For the many victims who have tried to fight such decisions and for the advocates and family members who witness such actions, it may seem that we are powerless against such decisions. But are we?
Garland Waller, a professor, a film producer, and spokesperson on domestic violence joins us. She has made documentaries about court injustices since the 1980's, including "Small Justice: Little Justice in America's Family Court," and "No Way Out But One," about the story of one American domestic violence victim who was granted asylum by the Netherlands because of the violence she experienced. She joins Eileen King, the founding director of Child Justice, Inc. She has worked since the 1990's helping get free legal representation to vicitms of domestic violence and their children who have witnessed DV, or been abused directly. Her organization offers emotional support for protective parents, joins in legal appeals, works with the media and she often testifies before state legislatures about the issue of revictimization by the courts.
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