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Domestic Violence and Child Support Bench Card

Child Support and the Judiciary

Published: March 1, 2012
Information About:
Other Public Partners, Courts
Case Management, Order Establishment, Family Services & Referrals, Family Violence Collaboration
Guides/Publications/Reports, Promising Practices
Bench Card, Safeguarding, Toolkit & Training

Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that operate at a variety of levels - physical, psychological, emotional, financial, and/or sexual - that perpetrators use against their intimate partner.

Ninety percent of women with current/former abusive partners indicate an interest in pursuing child support if they can do so safely.

This Bench Card provides information on recommended courtroom safeguards for pursuing child support when domestic violence may be present, including the Good Cause Waiver and the Family Violence Indicator (FVI). Links to additional family and domestic violence resources are also included.