Stop Abuse Campaign Appoints Barry Goldstein, JD, Leading Domestic Violence Expert, as Director of Research

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Stop Abuse Campaign Appoints Barry Goldstein, JD, Leading Domestic Violence Expert, as Director of Research. Scientific Findings from Researchers in Child Abuse - A CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and The Saunders Study - Support Reform of Harmful Family Court Practices That Expose Children to Domestic Violence.

The Stop Abuse Campaign announced today that Barry Goldstein, JD, has been named Director of Research to support their mission to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs Study/CDC). Barry Goldstein represented DV victims in family court for more than 30 years and has dedicated his career to stopping violence against women to prevent the mental, emotional and physical trauma it inflicts on their children. A passionate and sought-after speaker, Barry is the author of five books on domestic violence and provides workshops, judicial and other trainings regarding DV particularly related to custody issues.

Barry serves on the Stop Abuse Campaign board of directors and now takes on additional responsibilities as Director of Research. Barry comments, "I am excited to start a new challenge with the Stop Abuse Campaign and look forward to working with the team to raise awareness of how Adverse Childhood Experiences can be prevented through improved public policy, community advocacy, and reforming family court practices to prevent trauma and save children's lives."

Andrew Willis, Co-founder and CEO of Stop Abuse Campaign said, "Barry's wealth of experience and respect in the DV advocacy community has already made him a key addition to the Stop Abuse Campaign. His appointment as Director of Research is a sign of our commitment to being the leading advocacy group in preventing ACEs like Domestic Violence through evidence-based practices that include family court reform."

Barry Goldstein explained why so many children continue to be abused or murdered as a result of harmful custody court decisions. "Family courts developed practices to respond to domestic violence at a time when no research was available. Many of the initial assumptions proved wrong, but the courts continue to rely on professionals who are experts in psychology and mental illness but not domestic violence or child sexual abuse. The inevitable result is that courts routinely disbelieve or minimize true reports of abuse. Research, such as the ACEs study, demonstrates a multi-disciplinary approach would benefit the children, but too often court professionals are defensive or otherwise unwilling to reform standard practices that the research demonstrates place children in jeopardy."

Barry Goldstein, JD, is the co-author with Elizabeth Liu of REPRESENTING THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR, co editor with Mo Therese Hannah of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE and CHILD CUSTODY and author of SCARED TO LEAVE AFRAID TO STAY. He has been an instructor and supervisor at a NY Model Batterer Program. Barry's new book, The Quincy Solution: Stop Domestic Violence and Save $500 Billion, demonstrates how we can dramatically reduce domestic violence crime with proven practices. Barry can be reached at barryg78(at)aol(dot)com

The Stop Abuse Campaign is dedicated to the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through public education and public policy. The Campaign supports evidence based practices that accomplish this, and thereby spare the next generation from needless suffering. The ACEs study proves that all child abuse and maltreatment is a matter of life and death. We strongly support primary prevention, and when this fails, we support early intervention policies, with an emphasis on ensuring safety, healing and stability for victims.

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