Daniel PollackDaniel Pollack, professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, recently co-authored “Domestic Violence: Do’s and Don’ts for Court” for the New York Law Journal with Toby G. Kleinman, a New Jersey attorney and a partner in the law firm of Adler & Kleinman who litigates domestic violence, child custody and abuse cases.

The authors note that in every hearing to determine domestic violence, a court is faced with the dilemma of whether to grant or deny protection to a named plaintiff. But even though each state uses a different standard of proof, many of the procedures are similar, so it behooves those representing plaintiffs to know the relevant guidelines to ensure that victims are adequately protected and actual perpetrators are recognized by the court.

They conclude by saying that “domestic violence affects everyone. On a societal and personal level, it can lead to health problems, homelessness, adult and juvenile law enforcement interventions, unemployment, and a host of other adverse effects. Improving how domestic violence cases are handled in the courtroom, whether from the perspective of an attorney, a victim, a child, or a judge, can only be beneficial for everyone involved.”

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