A few weeks ago, we reported that victims of domestic violence are staying in shelters longer than they used to, in part because it’s gotten harder for them to find jobs and affordable housing. We turn now to a different aspect of domestic violence: children. When a victim decides to leave an abuser, there are often battles over custody. Dona
Playton heads the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Program at UW. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with her about legal battles she often sees. She says abusive fathers ask for – and receive – custody of the children more often than you might expect.