Intimate partner violence against women is an essential factor in the determination of child custody, say women’s rights experts

The Platform of undersigned United Nations and regional
independent mechanisms on violence against women and women’s rights1
voiced its concern over patterns across various jurisdictions of the world that
ignore intimate partner violence against women in determining child custody
cases. These patterns reveal underlying discriminatory gender bias and
harmful gender stereotypes against women. Ignoring intimate partner violence
against women in the determination of child custody can result in serious risks
to the children and thus must be considered to ensure and grant their effective
protection.

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