According to this article in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the collaborative efforts of the mediation and domestic violence communites in Dutchess County, New York established a protocol which departs from the traditional manner in which mediation is practiced. Rather than eliminating mediation as an option [which has the net effect of one more system telling the victim what they can and cannot do - i.e. dictating to them], special policies and procedures have been developed to empower the victim. This appears to be a viable program - keep up the good work!
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