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June 10, 2019 Columns

Editor’s Note

Kendra Huard Fershee

This issue of Family Law Quarterly features articles about intimate partner violence and the many ways it affects people and families. Intimate partner violence obviously takes a great toll on individuals and families, but it also affects entire communities. Academic institutions, the corporate world, religious congregations, Native American reservations—no community is immune to the devastating impacts, which means that every community can also be part of the solution. As you will see, our articles in this issue explore the significant harms imposed by intimate partner violence, as well as how the justice system can be a part of the restorative process and help mitigate future harm.

The authors featured in this issue are representative of diverse groups of people who have important points of view on the harms of intimate partner violence, and they have produced a collection of articles that will help guide positive change and promote healing. This is an important topic that has been discussed at length in our legal system. But too often important viewpoints and perspectives are overlooked, which allows some of the deep impacts of intimate partner violence go unchallenged. Our hope is to change that by featuring a varied set of viewpoints with a broad range of solutions.

All of the topics we cover in Family Law Quarterly are important, but some, like intimate partner violence, have life or death consequences. Our shared interest in family law and our role as public servants help us contribute to the change we need to see in the world. Hopefully, this issue will give us a path to make those contributions toward positive change, if we are inspired to do so.

As always, thank you for your readership. We appreciate you!



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Kendra Huard Fershee


Kendra Huard Fershee is a professor at Creighton University School of Law and Family Law Quarterly Editor in Chief.