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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.