This program originally aired in 2017, has been confirmed to still be current, and will qualify for the new family violence training requirement for Ch. 767 appointments after January 1, 2021.
*Endorsed by the Family Law Section and the Children and the Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin
Understand what you see
Research shows that abuse often goes undetected in disputed child custody situations. When it is detected, practitioners many times don’t include recommendations for the safety of those involved. This has vast implications for both children and parents.
Domestic Abuse for GALs: A Four-Step Framework provides a systematic process for evaluating a family’s situation and developing appropriate recommendations for the court.
Breaking it down
Although abuse isn’t present in every situation, you must always be on the lookout for it. However, your biases, beliefs, and personal experiences can skew what you observe. GALs need a thorough, un-biased way to evaluate a situation for abuse in order to make an accurate recommendation to the court.
Explore the four-part framework developed by the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Learn how it can help you safely and effectively screen for abuse. Understand the nature and context of the abuse. Discover how to:
- Analyze parents’ interactions with one another and their children
- Determine whether either parent threatens the other's capacity for self-determination or access to necessary resources
- Conclude if a parent poses a risk to another family member's physical, sexual, or emotional safety, security, or well-being
See how the framework assists you in answering important questions such as:
- Is there a need to limit or monitor the abusive parent's access to the victim-parent or child?
- Should the abusive parent's decision-making authority be limited or monitored?
- How can your recommendations support the victim-parent's efforts to protect the child?
- Should you recommend monitoring the abusive parent's compliance with the parenting plan?
- In what ways can your recommendations strengthen the child's support system?
Protect the vulnerable
GAL recommendations are crucial when domestic violence exists in a family. Equip yourself to gather, organize, and analyze information in abuse situations by watching Domestic Abuse for GALs: A Four-Step Framework.