In California, the intersection of mandatory mediation with domestic violence poses significant dangers on two levels. On a societal level, California's requirement that victims of domestic violence mediate with their abusers has placed a hurdle in the battered women's movement by reprivatizing domestic violence, impeding the progress that is driven by public discourse and scrutiny. On an individual level, mandatory mediation leaves victims in a disadvantageous position, fending for themselves at a bargaining table that fails to promote the safety and welfare of victims and their children.
"Restoring Power to the Powerless: The Need to Reform California's Mandatory Mediation for Victims of Domestic Violence,"
University of San Francisco Law Review: Vol. 37
, Article 5.
Available at: http://repository.usfca.edu/usflawreview/vol37/iss4/5