"Traumatic Divorce and Separation"
The Impact of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse in Custody and Divorce
by Lisa Fischel-Wolovick
Traumatic Divorce and Separation
integrates the conflicting mental health perspectives concerning trauma
theory and the study of divorce, in what the author has termed "traumatic divorce" -- that is, divorce
complicated by the high-risk factors of domestic violence, mental illness, and/or substance abuse. The
text's interdisciplinary discussion examines issues of financial disparities for women following divorce,
traumatic symptoms in children and adults, and the legal controversies about the admissibility of psychological
theories related to abuse. The author also addresses: domestic violence as a gendered crime against women; the
need for a trauma-informed judicial response; and the need for a systemic judicial response that incorporates
an understanding of domestic violence and child maltreatment to provide services and protections. The book is
an invaluable resource for professionals and academics in social work, forensic psychology, law, and related
mental health fields, as well as academics interested in gender based discrimination in the courts.