Source: (1994) Australian Journal of Family Law 8(1):3-21.

Because of the imbalance of power created by family violence, consensual decisionmaking is impossible and such cases should not go to mediation. Mediation is highly likely to result in unjust and exploitive agreements that endanger the safety of women and their children. The difficulties of excluding family disputes involving violence are discussed and the risks for such cases is considered. Finally, the prerequisites for free and informed consent to enter mediation are presented.