It should also probably be noted at this point that some circumstantial medical evidence recently came tolight which has led to questions whether Ms. Dombrowski might ha,'e been sexually abused during one of the foster periods. Ms. Dombrowski has no recollection of having been abused, and may well not ha,'e been;however, the possibility exists that something!!!ID: have happened to her which could have intensified herawareness of dangers a young daughter might face alone in the custody of a man: even her
father.We discussed the ,'ery bitter relationship with her estranged husband. She reports that he has a problemwith feelings of jealousy which she says are unfounded, and which scem to have come to a state of violentintensity during her pregnancy with Rikki. She states that she did not know that her estranged husband wasmarried until she was three months pregnant with Rikki. She further says that she had no notion of hispotential for violence until she was five months pregnant. This was when he struck her for the first time.She declined to call the police after \"iolent incidents until after Rikki was born, but reports that she had ablack eye from his abuse at the time she ga\"ebirth to Rikki. She also reports that in her pre\"ious marriage,which lasted seven years, there was no abuse or physical fighting whatsoe\"er. Thus, she has not had apattern of seeking out abusiv'e or physically contentious relationships. She readily volunteers that she diddefend herself physically from hcr husband's attacks. This was especially true ifshe felt that her husbandwas unaware of the proximity of thcir child to scenes of violence. At such times, she felt fearful that Hal wasso out of control that Rikki might be inad\"ertcntly harmed.Ms. Dombrowski recounts a number of ways in which shc came to be frightened of and by her husband'sbeha\"ior. I will leave it to Ms. Dombrowski to recount the details of these experiences, but the material iscertainly of the nature that would \"cryappropriately result in ajustified sense of personal danger,traumatization, and \"erypowerful emotional distress.Ultimately, Ms. Dombrowski mo\"ed out of the marital home and spent two weeks at the Battered Women'sShelter with her daughter. She found the program \"e!)'helpful, and misses it and the people she met there.Ms. Dombrowsk; has now taken ajob in Lamed with the Department of Corrections, working in YouthSer\"ices as a Court Sef\"ices Specialist. This allows her to be near her mother, who pro\"ides some help withchild care while Ms. Dombrowski is at work.Ms. Dombrowski is a well nourished, well developed woman who appears her stated age. Her positi\"e,energetic and engaging character came through strongly throughout these inter\"iews. She is well endowedintellectually, and her thoughts are well rooted in reality. She maintains a logical, lucid, undisturbed train of well-reasoned thought at all times. There is a tendency to experience frequent moments of anger at herhusband, and the first inter\"iew was focused on her feelings toward her husband, and the legal system'sparadoxes and una\'oidablc delays. Thesc frustrations secmed quite consistent with her situation. Despitetimes of anger and dismay about the events of the past few months, she maintains her good sense of humorthroughout and is altogether a \"e!)'pleasant and cordial person to interview. Her affects are appropriate tothe material undcr discussion. The inquiry into vegetative signs and s)mptoms such as sleep disturbance,appetite disturbance, difficulties with mood and affect and so on re\"eals only relati\"ely minor and transienteffects. These are more than adequately explained by residues of her traumatic experiences, as well as hercurrent task of extricating herself from a devastating marriage and putting her life back togethcr again. Shedenies any sort of\'isual or audito!)' hallucinations, delusions or unusual convictions. She has had noexperiences of "lost time," nor of rmding notes to herself in strange handwriting, or disco\"ering that thefurniture in the house has bcen rearranged without her being aware of it. She does not experience herself asde\"eloping intense positive and negati\"e splits betwcen different people into "good" and "bad" groups, andsays "I like people, and people like me." She has no significant histo!)' of head trauma except for her reportofha\"ing been struck by her husband with a crowbar during an argument. There was no loss of consciousness at that time, and she has no other history of loss of consciousness, seizure or
attacks.She states that she ordinarily is a light user of alcohol, and describes her usual intake as one glass of winewith dinner, two to three times per week. She has discontinued this practice at the suggestion of herattorney, since her husband accuses her of being an alcoholic.