Barry Goldstein Announces Exciting Changes to his Business

The two editions of Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor recommend that attorneys use domestic violence experts to help courts understand DV custody cases. Barry Goldstein decided to work full time as a DV consultant and expert witness in hopes this could help educate court professionals by exposing them to the right information. This is particularly important because most court professionals have spent their careers receiving misinformation from mental health professionals with expertise in psychology and mental illness but not domestic violence or child abuse. This misinformation is now deeply ingrained and an important factor in the failure of courts to protect children.

Barry Goldstein & Veronica YorkIn order to meet the increasing demand from protective mothers for assistance with their cases and in anticipation of likely retirement or semi-retirement in 2027, Veronica York will be joining Barry as an assistant and eventually to form a partnership to better serve our clientele. Veronica is a protective mother and coach who is already working with protective mothers (see bio below).

Initially, Barry will be providing any expert testimony and reports required for our cases. Veronica will assist Barry with any new cases and any cases coming from her coaching practice. Barry will continue to provide all work on any existing cases unless otherwise agreed upon by the client. Over time, it is anticipated that Veronica will take a greater role in our work until 2027 at which time it is anticipated Barry will either retire or semi-retire.

The partners would be delighted to be put out of business. Nothing would make us happier than for the constant drumbeat of horrific stories to end. To that end, Barry and Veronica will continue to advocate for needed reforms, especially the Safe Child Act and will be working as volunteers for the Stop Abuse Campaign.

If anyone has any questions, they can contact us.

Introducing Veronica York

Veronica York headshotAfter a 20 year Sales and Marketing career in the Television Industry, Veronica York felt a passion and a calling to make a career change. Following a 10 year marriage that was both mentally and emotionally abusive, and going through a difficult custody battle, she started her High Conflict Coaching practice. During her experience with the family court system, she realized that the best interest of the children was not the first priority. Parental rights are trumping children’s rights and children are suffering unnecessarily due to the outdated practices of judges and other court professionals. Along with helping her clients navigate their custody battles, she is also an advocate for change in the family court system as well as a champion for Domestic Violence training and education. Veronica is certified with the High Conflict Divorce Certification Program and has advanced training in family law mediation. She performs speaking engagements and writes articles regarding the topics of Child Custody Issues that involve Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse. She also does training on the misuse of Parental Alienation and the effects of Post Separation Abuse during a divorce.

Expert Witness

Serving as Expert Witness and Consultant in Domestic Violence Cases

The Saunders’ study found that there is now a substantial body of current scientific research about domestic violence. This research would strongly support protective mothers’ cases and encourage reform of practices that work poorly for children. The problem is that the often unqualified “experts” and other professionals relied on in domestic violence cases are rarely familiar with current scientific research and so substitute their personal beliefs and biases instead. In our new book, Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor, we encourage attorneys, particularly at the start of a case to inform the court that there is now substantial research that could help courts make decisions that better protect children and ask the court to be open to hearing this information. The attorney will then need to present a genuine expert who understands domestic violence dynamics and is familiar with current research. We hope to train advocates and others to serve in this role but in the meantime there are few people available with this needed expertise. Accordingly Barry Goldstein has decided to make himself available as an expert witness and consultant in domestic violence cases. I wish I could afford to do this without charge but the best I can do is keep the costs reasonable.

Free: Brief consultation by email in which Barry will point the client to useful research and strategies.

$100: One hour consultation by phone with client and/or attorney during which Barry will make suggestions for strategies and research that can help the client. He may follow-up by providing links to specific articles and information to support the case.

$1000: (plus costs): Barry will travel to the court and testify during one day. As part of this package he will review a brief summary of the case, speak briefly with client and attorney and prepare testimony with attorney. He will answer hypothetical questions based on the research. Fee can be reduced if testimony can be by phone. Fee will be increased to $1500 if lengthy travel is required.

$2500: (plus costs): Barry will travel to court and testify during one day. As part of this package he will review a reasonable size summary of the case, prepare any expert report needed to qualify as an expert and consult with the attorney to help prepare the case and provide any needed research. He will be available by phone and email to work with the client and attorney in preparing the case and help create a document that describes the pattern of abuse. He will also work with the attorney in preparing his testimony.

$5,000: (plus costs): This package covers whatever assistance is needed through the end of the trial. This would include whatever testimony, reports and affidavits that are needed. Barry will consult with the attorney and the client as needed. He will work with the attorney in preparing testimony and challenging any opposing “experts.” He will go to the community to meet with client and attorney if needed and provide whatever assistance will be useful.

$10,000: (plus costs) This package not only covers all the assistance needed as described in the package immediately above, but also covers any assistance needed for any appeal and in future court proceedings for any modifications or violations. In other words this covers everything for the life of the case.

Other combinations of services can also be arranged.