ERIC Number: ED352177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-3
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Judicial Training and Research for Child Custody Litigation. Report To Accompany H.R. 1253. Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, 102d Congress, 2d Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
The purpose of House Resolution (HR) 1253, an amendment to the State Justice Institute (SJI) Act of 1984, is to authorize the SJI to carry out research on state judicial decisions and develop judicial training curricula related to child custody litigation involving domestic violence, and to disseminate the results of this research. The report accompanying HR 1253 contains a statement of the purpose of the amendment, a list of the individuals providing testimony at congressional hearings on the measure, a discussion of its history and background, and a section-by-section analysis of the bill. The background section reports that each year 3 to 4 million women suffer physical, sexual, and mental attacks; between 3,000 and 4,000 women are murdered by a spouse or partner; and more than 3 million children watch the attacks and murders. The background section also explains the "battered women syndrome" and society's response to it: this is the central phenomenon surrounding HR 1253. The amendment has two main sections: Section 1 defines domestic violence; and section 2 authorizes the SJI to conduct not more than five projects aggregating not more than $600,000 to develop research and judicial training programs involving domestic violence, and to disseminate the results of this activity. Oversight findings, financial and budgetary statements, and a marked copy of the SJI Act of 1984 indicating changes made by HR 1253 are presented, and a copy of HR 1253 is attached. (AC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.