In 2010, the RICADV and SOAR published Safety for Children, a report on the impact of Rhode Island's custody system on victims of domestic violence and their children.
The report found that, even when victims of domestic violence attempt to protect their children and build violence-free lives, they too often continue to suffer injustice and abuse throughout the custody and visitation process.
- Domestic violence victims and their children continue to suffer violence and abuse during the child custody and visitation process.
- There is a huge lack of available services to protect children during this process.
- Child custody and visitation cases often drive victims of domestic violence into debt and poverty.
- Domestic violence is minimized by the criminal justice system throughout this process.
The RICADV and SOAR continue to work with state and local systems to help improve the child custody and visitation process in Rhode Island in order to protect victims of domestic violence and their children.
For more information about the report, click here.