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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.

The Leadership Council is available to file Amicus Briefs in civil, criminal and family court cases. Click here to learn more.

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July 11, 2014: Mythical Numbers and Satanic Ritual Abuse
The Huffington Post, by Ross Cheit

June 4, 2014: The Leadership Council mourns the loss of our beloved president Paul Jay Fink, a highly respected psychiatrist, leader in numerous national psychiatric organizations, and a physician with a special interest in helping victims of violence and abuse. More

May 2012: New book: The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children by Ross E. Cheit

May 6, 2014: Child Justice launches public service announcements on problems in family court. View: https://www.youtube.com/user/theignorancecampaign

Jan 2014: Rates of child maltreatment substantiation by state. Based on figures released for 2012.

The Leadership Council responds to popular "Custody Myths"

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

Have a problem with abuse and custody or visitation? Take our survey.

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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.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a representative regarding our organization, please e-mail us.

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


Robin Sax, Martin Burns and Gina Silva of Fox 11 News in Los Angeles for
Damon's Story - Lost In The System

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Emily Bazelon for her article "The Price of a Stolen Childhood"
The New York Times Jan. 24, 2013

Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody

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