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AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF

AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF

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COURT
OF
APPEAL
OFTHE
STATE
OF
CALIFORNIA
FOURTH
DISTRICT
COURT
OF
APPEAL
DIVISION
THREE
In re
the
Guardianship
Sydney
&
Justin
S.
Case
No. G021264
(Super.Ct.
Case
No.
A
174254)
APPEAL
FROM
THE
SUPERIOR
COURT
OF
ORANGE
COUNTY
NANCY
WIEBEN
STOCK,
JUDGE
PRESIDING
AMICUS
CURIAE
BRIEF
OF
STEPHEN
E.
DOYNE,
Ph.D., J.
REID
MELOY,
Ph.D.,
DON
DUTTON,
Ph.D.,
PETER
JAFFE,
Ph.D.,
PROFESSOR
JANET
BOWERMASTER,
THE
PUBLIC
LAW
CENTER,
THE
CALIFORNIA
WOMEN'S
LAW
CENTER,
AND
THE
CALIFORNIA
ALLIANCE
AGAINST
DOMESTICVIOLENCE
STEPHEN
TEMKO,
CFLS,
CALSATTORNEY AT
LAW
State
Bar
No.
67785
1666
Garnet
Avenue,
No.
502
San
Diego,
California
92109
(619)
274-3538
PAULMONES, LLBATTORNEY AT
LAW
State
Bar
No.
128329
P.O.
Box
5701
Santa
Monica,
CA
90405
(310)
396-3743
Attorneys
for
Amici
 
I.
II.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTEREST
OF
AMICUS
CURIAE . . .DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
IS
AN
EPIDEMIC.
A.
Batterers
B.
Stalkers
..
CHILDREN
ARE
AT
GREAT
RISK
LIVING
WITH
APERPETRATOR
OF
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
A.
Emotional
Abuse
to
Children
.
B.
Impact
of
Exposure
to
Violence.
C.
Neurobiological
Changes
and
the
Cycle
of
Domestic
Violence
........
.
. 1
. 9
.
10
.
12
.
16
.
17
.
18
. 2 0
III.
FEAR OF
LOSING
CUSTODY
OFTEN TRAPS
BATTERED
SPOUSES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
23
IV.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SHOULD
BE
A
PRIMARY
v.
VI.
CONSIDERATION
IN
CHILD
CUSTODY
DECISIONS
.27
A.
Protecting
Children
from
Harm.
. . .
.27
B.
Best
Interests
and
Domestic
Violence.
. .
31
c.
Spousal
Murder
and
Detriment
to
Children
..
32
THE
BEST INTERESTS
OF
CHILDREN
ARE
MORE
IMPORTANT
THAN
THOSE
OF
BIOLOGICAL PARENTS.CONCLUSION
......
.
.
36
40
 
TABLE
OF
AUTHORITIES
CASES
Barkaloff
v.
Woodward
(1996)47
Cal.
App.
4th
303
In
re
David
C.
(1984)154
Cal.
App.
3d.
1189
..
. . . . 7
29
Guardianship
of
Phillip
B.
(1983)
139
Cal.
App.
3d
407
..
2
Guardianship
of
Stephen
G.
(1995) 40
Cal.
App.
4th
1418
.
28
In
re
Heather
A.
(1996)
52
Cal.
App.
4th
183.
In
re
Jon
N.
(1986) 179
Cal.
App.
3d
156
People
v.
Humphrey (1996) 13
Cal.
4th
1073.
.
29, 30,
38
CIVIL
CODE
Family
Code
3011.Family
Code
6203.
Family
Code
6211.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
1,
30
. 7
28,
38
• 9. . 9
California
Assembly
Bill
200
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
38
BOOKS
AND
LAW
REVIEW
deBecker,
The
Gift of
Fear:
Survival
Signals
that
Protect
Us
from
Violence
(1997)
Little,
Brown
and
Company
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.14,
33,
34
Dutton,
The
Domestic A·ssault
of
Women
(1995)
UBC
Press/Vancouver
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
30
Gelles
and
Strauss,
Intimate
Violence
(1988)Simon
&
Schuster
. . . . . . . . . . . . .
16,
21,
33
Peled,
Jaffe,
Edleson
Ending
the
Cycle
of
Violence,
(1995)
SAGE
Publications.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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