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#thecourtsaid is the global campaign for Survivor Family Justice. Domestic Abuse survivors are subjected to institutional discrimination and injustice all over the world. #thecourtsaid is committed to changing the way Domestic Abuse is treated in the Family Court, so Survivor Families can look forward to safer futures.
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Written Submission to the Scottish Parliament: Parental Alienation in the Context of Domestic Abuse and the Regulation of Child Advocates
Family court involvement can be extremely distressing for parents, children and grandparents. We agree generally speaking that there must be more regulation and accountability in the system. However, it is crucial that the parties who, in line with academic research, have abused their power and acted outwith the remit of their appointment get regulated, not the parties who work tirelessly to protect the vulnerable from harm.
Professor Joan Meier’s groundbreaking study was published in 2020, showing the outcomes of family court cases involving parental alienation and how it affects custody. Professor Meier’s study firmly shone the spotlight on the catastrophic gender-specific harm the theory of parental alienation does and, in particular, the harm it does to child victims of physical and sexual abuse.
Domestic abuse survivors with children (referred to within this briefing statement as ‘survivor families’) have grave concerns about the consequences of the inclusion of parental alienation within the definition of domestic abuse.
Punished for Protecting
Survivor Families are met with hostility in the Family Court for raising safeguarding concerns surrounding Domestic Abuse.
Domestic Abuse is poorly understood, ignored or minimised in the Family Court with catastrophic outcomes for Survivor Families.
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