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Family Law

Inadequate Judicial Response to Emotional Abuse

Part One of a Two-Part Article

According to the author, emotional abuse does irreparable harm to the children and adults subjected to it, yet it often gets inadequate attention from our courts.


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In 1872, writing under the nom de plume Mrs. George Cupples, Ann Jane Dunn Douglas opined: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, [b]ut names will never harm me.” Douglas was correct regarding the deleterious effects of being physically attacked, but she erred considerably in failing to accurately assess the impact of words.

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