Experts in domestic violence have long known that the most dangerous time for a domestic violence victim and her/his children are the days immediately following their separation from their perpetrator, which places family courts worldwide on the front lines of a dangerous and volatile epidemic. Over the past decade, the Center for Judicial Excellence has tracked the number of children murdered by a parent when divorce, separation, custody, visitation or child support was mentioned in news coverage.
Some of the children listed are murdered before the couple ever stepped foot in court. Others involve a criminal court refusing to grant a restraining order to a parent fearing for a child’s safety. Yet tragically, many of these cases involve a family court knowingly placing kids in harm’s way, a practice that must be documented in order for child-centered policy reforms to be passed that will protect vulnerable children during this extremely volatile time in their lives.
The Center for Judicial Excellence has put together the below graphics from collected data. For more information and related articles on the information researched, visit the following link U.S. Divorce Child Murder Data