Barry Goldstein

Barry Goldstein

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.


Barry has an ACE score of 0.


Blog posts about the Custody Court Crisis…

Why don’t family courts fix dangerous practices?

Why don’t family courts fix dangerous practices?

The research makes it clear that Family Courts get most domestic violence custody cases wrong and often dangerously wrong. This article explains what may cause courts to tilt in favor of abusive fathers and away from protecting children. We know judges don’t want to hurt children, so why haven’t courts found a way to review their outdated practices and create reforms that focus on keeping children safe and healthy?

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