Atlanta, Georgia-based My Advocate Center recently shared a resource created by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges that outlines coercive control in custody cases. According to the organization, "coercive control is one of the key terms identifying the methods used by a parent who is willing to use children to harm the other parent and/or for financial gain. Being a compelling liar often goes hand-in-hand with the ability to effectively coerce a child or parent into complying with demands. Another sign that coercive control is being used is that the controlling parent and counsel are indifferent to the trauma caused to the children and the targeted or victimized parent."
The Judicial Guide to Child Safety in Custody attempts to help judges and child advocates recognize a coercive control dynamic in cases concerning child custody and safety. This guide would also be helpful for law enforcement, child protective services and all first responders, especially pediatricians and emergency room staff and doctors. We encourage you to take a look at this wonderful resource and share it widely!