American Judges Association



Date of this Version

July 2002


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 39:2 (2002), pp. 2. Copyright © 2002 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


Domestic violence is a subject about which judges need good initial education and continuing refresher courses. Quite simply, there is much about it that is counterintuitive. Why does a woman who is physically and mentally abused day after day, week after week, stay with the abuser? For most of us, the answer is neither self-evident nor a part of our personal life experience. Yet there is a large—and growing—body of good research in the area.

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