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Welcome. . . The Leadership Council is a nonprofit independent scientific organization composed of respected scientists, clinicians, educators, legal scholars, and public policy analysts. We are committed to providing professionals and lay persons with the latest scientific information on issues that may affect the public's health and safety. We also seek to correct the misuse of psychological science to serve vested interests or justify victimizing vulnerable populations -- especially abused and neglected children.

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Dec. 1, 2016: Custody in Crisis: How Family Courts Nationwide Put Children in Danger
by Laurie Udesky (100Reporters)

Nov 30, 2016: The Legal Industry for Kidnapping Teens Children can be abducted against their will with varying degrees of force resulting in psychological trauma.

Oct 13, 2016: The National Partnership Against Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) condemns degrading language and behaviors concerning sexual assault.

August 17, 2015: New study confirms neurological pathway for inaccessible traumatic memories.

Aug 17, 2015: Juvenile detention centers are not for abused kids. Written two sisters who were placed in this position as children.

The Leadership Council responds to popular "Custody Myths"

How Many Children Are Court -Ordered Into Unsupervised Contact With an Abusive Parent After Divorce?

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Issues we are currently involved in:


Educating Lawmakers and the Courts
The LC has taken an active role in educating the public, judicial officers and the media about issues related to child abuse and interpersonal violence. We are also working hard to limit the introduction of pseudoscience in the courtroom.

child's faceCountering Misinformation in the Academic Arena
Researchers affiliated with the Leadership Council, Stanford University and Texas A&M University found serious problems and misrepresentations in a study that has been heralded as providing scientific support for relaxing social and legal prohibitions against sex with children.

Providing Accurate Information to the Media
Members of the Leadership Council's scientific and professional advisory board are available to to comment on scientific and legal issues related to child abuse and interpersonal violence.

EducatorEducating Professionals
Members of the Leadership Council's scientific and professional advisory board regularly write articles and books and present at professional conferences.

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Congratulations to this year's winners of the LC's Distinguished Service Award For Excellence in the Media

Pat Conroy for his major contributions over the course of his life time. His numerous books have enhanced the public’s understanding and compassion for the impact of interpersonal violence within the family and other major societal institutions.

healing the fractured child

Healing the Fractured Child: Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth With Dissociation
 by Frances S. Waters DCSW LMSW LMFT

Witchhunt Narrative
Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody

Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. and Barry Goldstein, J.D, Eds. (2010)
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