Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice

Task Force on Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence

A Supplement to the AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation

In 2011 AFCC President Linda Fieldstone appointed the AFCC Task Force on Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence. The Guidelines were developed as a supplement to the AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation and were designed to assist members of AFCC and others who conduct child custody evaluations, and examine how they should identify the occurrence of intimate partner violence and the possible effects on children, parenting, and co-parenting.  The Guidelines are the product of interdisciplinary cooperation. The task force was sponsored by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and in consultation with the Battered Women’s Justice Project. The Guidelines were approved by the AFCC Board of Directors in 2016.

Task Force Members

Hon. Dale Koch (Ret.), Co-chair
Hon. Gail Perlman (Ret.), Co-chair
Nancy Ver Steegh, JD, MSW, Reporter
William G. Austin, PhD
Firoza Chic Dabby-Chinoy
Gabrielle Davis, JD
Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP
Leslie M. Drozd, PhD
Kathryn Kuehnle, PhD
Loretta M. Frederick, JD
Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, PhD
Arnold T. Shienvold, PhD