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Domestic Violence Screening Protocol for Mediators of Domestic Relations Conflicts

Saturday, September 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Dieckman
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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized each October through educational events, community gatherings, and support groups to end and heal from domestic abuse. Has your mediation center adopted clear, written procedures to screen all clients and to record all decisions about the appropriateness of mediation if domestic abuse or child protection issues have been identified?

The College of Mediators, in its “Domestic Abuse Screening Policy”, advocates for written and implemented procedures to ensure client protection, child protection and mediator safety.

 

The “Domestic Violence Screening Protocol for Mediators of Domestic Relations Conflicts” provided by the Office of Dispute Resolution State Court Administrative Office, Michigan Supreme Court (June 2014) is an excellent resource for developing your own process.

The Michigan document reminds us that mediating cases involving domestic violence can be problematic, given the presumption that “with the help of a mediator, participants can maintain a balance of power sufficient to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of a dispute. The mediation process and resulting agreement can be dangerous if the imbalance of power is great or if the imbalance is unrecognized”.

Michigan’s protocol suggests ways to address safety concerns during and after the interaction and includes a fill-in-the-blank domestic violence screening questionnaire .

 

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