How reporting domestic violence can work against women in family court.
The bitter custody battle in Texas between Tara Coronado and Ed Cunningham over the couple’s four children is illustrative of a dynamic women’s rights advocates say is both prevalent and unfair. Women who allege they are victims of domestic violence often are viewed by judges and court-appointed doctors as angry and aggressive, traits that count against them in the murky calculus that governs custody determinations. The case also highlights many of the flaws inherent in the legal and medical standards that are supposed to help judges make reasoned choices about the lives of parents and their children. In collaboration with Longreads, Kathryn Joyce has our story. View THE MARSHALL PROJECT‘s story.