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Advocating for Battered Women and Their Children

The Complexities of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

There are many challenges involved in assisting battered women and their children, including emotional aspects, legal disputes and financial difficulties. These challenges increase when battered women are faced with a international child abduction petition and have a limited support base in the United States. If you are an advocate against domestic violence and are attempting to help an abused woman deal with the matters in front of her, you have come to right place. The Hague Domestic Violence Project is here to provide resources to you to efficiently guide you and the woman with whom you are working through this process.

About the Hague Convention

In short, the Hague Convention was created to assist in the prompt return of an abducted child to his or her country of habitual residence. However, the purpose and effect of the Hague Convention get turned on their heads in cases that involve domestic violence. Visit our page on the Hague Convention to learn more.

Your Role in Hague Convention Matters

Even if you are not legal counsel, there are many steps you can take to assist a battered woman who is facing a Hague Convention case in the United States:

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