On this episode of en(gender)ed, our guest is Lisa Fischel-Wolovick, an attorney who has represented battered women for almost thirty years. She is also the author of numerous publications including her recent book: Traumatic Divorce and Separation: The Impact of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse in Custody and Divorce, just recently published by Oxford Univ. Press, this past March. Lisa also helped to organize the first Criminal Court that specialized in domestic violence.
Before becoming an attorney, Lisa obtained her Master’s in Social Work and worked in hospital social work which included advocacy and counseling for battered women. Lisa also currently teaching courses in Family Violence and Child Maltreatment at the City University of New York, in John Jay’s Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology.
Lisa speaks with us about her new book and how divorce impacts families differently, especially for those experiencing high-risk factors of domestic violence, mental illness, and/or substance abuse and the risks and harms that they face in the process. We will also explore the recommendations and conclusions she has to improve our family and criminal court systems and practices and policy reforms she believes is necessary to see real, significant, positive change.
In our conversation, Lisa and I touch upon the following topics:
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