National Research Director
Barry Goldstein is a nationally recognized domestic violence author, speaker and advocate. He has worked in the DV movement since 1983. Barry served on the board of a DV shelter in Westchester County for 14 years including 4 as chairperson. He has been an instructor and later also supervisor in a NY Model Batterer Program since 1999. Barry Goldstein practiced as an attorney for 30 years ; most of his practice involved representing protective mothers.
Barry has written some of the leading books about domestic violence and custody. He co edited two volumes of Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody with Dr. Mo Therese Hannah. He co-authored Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor with Elizabeth Liu. Barry is also the author of Scared to Leave Afraid to Stay and The Quincy Solution: Stop Domestic Violence and Save $500 Billion.
Barry is a sought after speaker whose expertise has been welcomed by many organizations including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Battered Women’s Custody Conference, National Domestic Violence Hotline, American Psychological Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, OVW in the US Justice Department, Canadian Institute of Health, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He serves as co-chair of the Child Custody Task Force for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism.
Blog posts about the Custody Court Crisis…
Escaping abuse, home, friends, family and danger, means uncertainty of the future, and often the discovery and further victimization of the mother
If you are offended by criticism of people who minimize gendered crimes like domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, you’ll not appreciate this article!
We hear the term “coercive control” but how many of us really understand what it means? How pervasive is it? Here’s one woman’s journey.
We know what we think of abusive Dads; but what do they think? How do physically abusive men percieve themselves as dads? And why?
Sexism and racism is often subtle behavior, offensive words rather than physical assaults. Until we stop these behaviours we can’t stop mass killings.
Think gender only applies when it’s family law, abortion, domestic violence or employment? Katherine Bartlett, professor of law at Duke, doesn’t.
Maralee Maclean fights for justice for her daughter’s sexual abuse by her father. After experiencing this injustice she helps others find justice.
The high conflict approach makes it possible for courts to get even the easiest cases wrong. Our children deserve an approach that is not fatally flawed.
A small boy told authorities that daddy played the “penis game” with him, the judge orders the boy into father’s custody and more sexual abuse.
El Nino Sol talks about his father’s Penis Games. We call it child sex abuse. The courts are sending him back to his father. Help us protect him.
A million women alive today have been shot or shot at in intimate partner violence situations. Should a women’s right to life trump a right to bear arms?
Why don’t Custody courts have time to protect children? They focus on saving time not what’s important. They must make health and safety the first priority
She’s crazy. That seems to be the song abusers, judges, psychologists and other experts sing in divorce and custody battles as they ignore the violence.
A judge refused a protective order for Zoey Pereira aged 3. Her father burnt her alive. Ten years, and over 650 children murdered in Custody Court Crisis.
Why are judges unaware of the Custody Court Crisis when so many precious children are being harmed and even murdered. Are judges not listening?
I was supposed to testify as an expert witness to save a child from “The Penis Game” and a mother from a long prison term for trying to protect him.
Why are custody courts such a mess? What constitutional issues do they raise? Who’s to blame when courts fails to protect the best interests of children?
Gaslighting is abuse. It is an act of violence, be it domestic violence, workplace, or elsewhere. Know how to recognize and survive it.
The truths about child custody and fathers’ rights, and how we got here? How has the situation changed? Why? And where did the funding come from?
Mothers are sounding alarm about NY domestic violence laws. Far too often violent batterers are awarded child custody with potential deadly consequences.
The Safe Child Act HB 3121 will protect children in Texas through prioritising the health and safety of children in Texas’ custody courts.
Custody Court Crisis: Texas to put children’s safety and health first. Texas becomes the fifth state to introduce the Safe Child Act into legislation.
Research is important, but so is perfecting research. Especially in the areas of Intimate Partner Violence.
Mikayla is a girl who will be five-years-old forever because the court in Minnesota failed to protect her. Help her mother tell her story at the BMCC.
The court’s first duty should be a child’s health and safety but they routinely create shared parenting arrangements that put children in danger.
Got a Valentine message for your ex? Name a cockroach after your ex then. El Paso zoo will feed it to one of their Meerkats for you.
Evidence provided by Barry Goldstein to the CT hearing. Parental Alienation Syndrome is a debunked theory at the center of the Custody Court Crisis.
Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other traumas are rightly proud of overcoming the horrendous mistreatment they have suffered. At the same time, victims of abuse want understanding and support for the enormous harm they have suffered. Survivors are...
Family Court and the Catholic Church: Shattering the last taboos for institutions that fail our children
Secrecy and lack of accountability. Courts, and the male-dominated church, refuse to believe that a father would abuse his own child.
For children involved in contested custody cases the answer is a lot more than you think. Both stories involve domestic violence and sexual abuse.