Q: Can they take my kids because I was going to the battered woman's shelter?
A: No, there must be evidence of abuse or neglect, or failure to protect from abuse at the hands of another. That may or may not be present when a battered woman's shelter is involved. If there has been domestic violence, the question is whether the children have been exposed to it, and whether you have done what you can to protect them from such exposure. Using the shelter is usually a positive sign, as long as you don't go back and forth between the batterer and the shelter, taking the kids back into contact with the batterer.
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