Abusive or intimidating

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Below, test yourself with these additional myth/truth statements regarding domestic violence and child custody from the ABA.

If you’re a survivor facing any of these circumstances, know that you can reach a trained advocate 24/7 who can help you plan for a safer future for yourself and your family and also help you find free, lay legal advice near you.

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As a result, says the ABA, they can present poorly in court.

This, combined with a lack of proper legal counsel (as many victims can’t afford to hire a lawyer who specializes in domestic violence), may lead them to lose custody of their children to the abusive parent.

Learn tips for avoiding this scenario in “ Representing Yourself in Court.” And, if you're a mother, consider connecting with other mother’s going through this same struggle in “Battered Mother’s Custody Conference.” Truth: This hotly debated term was found by a task force from the American Psychological Association to have a significant lack of data to support it as scientifically sound.

PAS is a claim used by abusers in court to gain control of children who do not want to be with their abusive fathers or to exert further control over their victims, the other parent. However, some mental health experts suggest that completely disregarding PAS because of its controversy is, in itself, doing disservice to those who have concerns about domestic violence by proxy, or a pattern of behavior an abuser uses to intimidate or control a child when the abuser no longer has access to his or her former partner, and in the process continues to exert hurt and control of his or her former partner.

Bottom line: Survivors should feel they can voice their worries of an abuser's attempts to control, harm and punish after separation regardless of a DSM definition.

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