Coparenting and intimate partner violence

Jennifer L. Hardesty, Brian G. Ogolsky, Tanitoluwa D. Akinbode

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health issue across the globe due to its associations with health and wellbeing, especially among mothers and children. These associations are often more pronounced following separation or divorce, which can compromise safety given that women and children are at heightened risk during these transitions. Thus, it is critical to understand the implications of coparenting in the context of IPV. In this paper, we first discuss the literature on IPV broadly. In particular, we discuss the differences between two types of violence: coercive controlling violence (i.e., violence that occurs in the context of systematic control) and situational couple violence (i.e., violence that occurs without a pattern of control). We then link it to parenting and coparenting processes as they relate to separation and divorce. In this section, we focus heavily on the ways in which the legal system affects family dynamics as divorces make their way through the courts. Special attention is paid to the ways in which IPV affects child custody decisions and the safety of those decisions given empirical evidence suggesting that raising allegations of IPV often does not help achieve favorable court outcomes. We conclude with recommendations to guide family court practitioners based upon this substantial literature. Such recommendations center on the development and implementation of empirically-derived assessment tools as well as systematic training of legal professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-145
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Court Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • coercive control
  • coparenting
  • domestic violence
  • family court
  • intimate partner violence
  • parenting
  • separation
  • separation instigated violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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