Welcome news from New York’s highest court: “A battered woman’s failure to prevent her children from witnessing her own abuse does not automatically give protective agencies license to remove the child, the New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in a groundbreaking opinion.” (John Caher, New York Law Journal, Oct. 27). Four years ago (see “Battered? hand over your kids”, Jul. 12, 2000) the New York Times reported that city child protection authorities were removing children from homes in which one parent was found to have committed an act of domestic violence on the other, including such actions as slaps and shoving. “The rules encourage victims of abuse to conceal it, fearing their kids will be taken from them if they tell medical or social workers.” Update Dec. 19: New York City agrees to change policy.