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Reflecting evolving norms surrounding the legitimacy of intimate violence, the law has made steady progress toward acknowledging that domestic violence is not a private family matter, but instead demands public assistance to help survivors of that violence protect themselves and their children. Most recently, child advocates, juvenile court judges, and domestic violence advocates have joined in a concerted effort to address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, coordinate responses and remedies among the various court systems, and develop methods to avoid re-victimizing mothers and children through legal process. This article traces civil remedies and barriers domestic violence survivors may encounter in their attempt to achieve safety in the St. Louis metropolitan area.


Family Law | Juvenile Law | Law


Originally published in the St. Louis Bar Journal, a quarterly publication of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL).