Clare Dalton

Clare Dalton Clare Dalton is a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University School of law, where she teaches torts, family law, and the law of domestic violence.  She is the founder and former executive director of Northeastern’s Domestic Violence Institute, which has received funding from multiple sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Justice, for innovative service projects, in partnership with local law enforcement, health, mental health, shelter and other community organizations and agencies.  Her recent articles address the role of family court systems in cases involving domestic violence.  She is the coauthor of Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice (2nd Ed., Foundation Press, 2008), and of Navigating Custody & Visitation Evaluations in Cases With Domestic Violence: A Judge's Guide (National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2004, revised 2006).  She is a frequent presenter at national conferences, and in training programs for legal and other professionals working with individuals and families exposed to violence at home.  Professor Dalton earned her B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University, and a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School.

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Report from the Wingspread Conference on Domestic Violence and Family Courts (03/31/08)
In February of 2007 the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts brought together a working group of thirty-seven experienced practitioners and researchers to identify and explore conceptual and practical tensions that have hampered effective work with families in which domestic violence has been identified or alleged. Five central sets of issues were raised at the conference and are discussed in this report. These include the following: differentiation among families experiencing domestic violence; screening and triage; participation by families in various processes and services; appropriate outcomes for children; and family court roles and resources. The report emphasizes the need for continued multidisciplinary collaboration in order to better serve families affected by domestic violence and it includes an appendix of consensus points as well as suggestions for formation of ongoing work groups.