Family Violence

Family Violence in Europe

Custody Cases and Children Exposed to Family Violence

Kristin Skjorten, from the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminal Justice and Human Rights,” under the title “Custody Cases and Children Exposed to Family Violence”. Here is the abstract: In accordance with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) the main guideline in the Children and Parent Act in Norway is the best interest of the child. Contact between the child and both parents are usually considered to be in the best interest of the child, and the CRC protects the right of the child to have contact with both parents. Further, when it comes to abuse, the states are responsible to protect children from mistreatment from parents or other care providers. In addition, children shall be given an opportunity to express their own views, and the impact of their wishes shall be judged with regard to maturity and age. This study explores how the best interest of the child is considered in custody cases with allegations about violence between family members. The study is based on 292 Norwegian high court decisions in custody cases.

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  • “Custody Cases and Children Exposed to Family Violence”, by Kristin Skjorten (Proceedings)

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