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3rd May

2015

Dr. Riane Eisler Joins Child Protection Advocates at the Eleventh Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference

Riane Portrait 2015

Dr. Riane Eisler will be a featured speaker* at the Battered Mother’s Custody Conference 
May 15-17, 2015   ♥  Secaucus, New Jersey.  

Dr. Eisler’s lifetime of courageous work, exploring issues of justice and gender, elucidating the power dynamics of domination versus partnership, and advocating internationally for the human rights of children and women, has inspired countless men and women who envision a world without violence.

BMCC organizers, presenters, and supporters past and present include:   Professor Mo Hannah, Camille Cooper, Barry Goldstein, Marci A. Hamilton, Eileen King, Toby Kleinman, Michael Lescher, Dr. Joan Meier, Wendy Murphy, Alan Rosenfeld, Dr. Joyanna Silberg, Garland Waller, Connie Valentine, and Joan Zorza.  (Ms. Zorza received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCADV, NOMAS and BMCC in 2013)

Dr. Riane Eisler, JD, will be adding her voice*  to those of many other academics, advocates, attorneys and activists who are calling for help on behalf of the women and children who are survivors or victims of DV and of the nation’s shattered family law system.  As the State Department guest speaker for Women’s History Month in 2013, Riane Eisler’s speech was entitled What’s Good for Women is Good for the World.   Eisler is the author of many books (available from the Center for Partnership Studies bookstore on-line) and of  Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Toward an Integrated Approach to Crimes against Present and Future Generations

Now in its 11th year, the BMCC is an annual conference that addresses the well-documented pattern of serious legal, civil, and human rights violations encountered by battered women who, in good faith, approach the family/divorce court system seeking protection for themselves and their children from an abusive spouse or partner.  Please visit the website for more information.  www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org

*  Dr. Eisler will be appearing by Skype on Saturday, May 16th at 10:30 A.M.  See the schedule of presentations and workshops at the conference website.  Not too late to register!  Please share.

NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE ISSUE?  LEARN MORE w/ THESE THREE VIDEOS: 

Bias Against Women Alleging Abuse in Family Courts – five minute video presentation by Dr. Joan Meier, JD, Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University School of Law, Founder & Director of DV LEAP.  Excellent summary of the problem.

Domestic Violence Continued: Contested Child Custody-28 minute documentary, excellent interviews with attorneys (including fathers’ rights attorneys) law enforcement, DV experts, victims; produced by Dr. Sharon Araji, Professor Emerita, University of Colorado, Denver; Sociology.

Battered Mothers Custody Conference Interviews- interviews with protective mothers who have lost custody to an abuser, by Garland Waller, Director of Graduate Television studies at Boston University College of Communication.

Mandy & Holden - photo

Photo:  Mandy and Holden – Triumphant Survivors  (2015)

Mandy is now a DHS Supervisor in Oregon.  Mandy’s mother, April, went into hiding with her in 1988 (via the underground railroad for protective mothers) when evidence of Mandy’s abuse was dismissed by the courts.  Mandy and April presented at the Tenth Annual BMCC (2013) and were part of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence panel presentation on January 6, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Americans faced the sad reality of child sexual abuse by priests. We reluctantly opened our eyes to the abuse of children at Penn State and in the Boy Scouts. Brave survivors have made us aware of the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses.  It’s time for us to take a courageous look at the saddest, most hidden scandal of all:  family violence, willful institutional blindness, and the complicity of our family “justice” system in the epidemic of violent crimes against women and children. 

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