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.

Parental Alienation: The Theory that Exposes Children to Violence

The United Nations have commented that the extent and intensity of violence exerted on children is alarming. Children have been exposed to violence by abusers in the privacy of their homes, and churches. They have also been exposed to violence by the state; in care homes, police custody, schools, and justice institutions. Distorted beliefs andContinue reading “Parental Alienation: The Theory that Exposes Children to Violence”

We Will End the Inhumane Treatment and Suffering of Children in the Family Courts

Dillon Roberts entered the Scottish family court system a healthy ten-month-old baby. The court would make important decisions dictating how Dillon’s childhood would unfold. Dillon left the system fifteen years later, psychologically harmed and suicidal. He was abused during child contact and emotionally harmed by the court process itself. Dillon’s story is not uncommon –Continue reading “We Will End the Inhumane Treatment and Suffering of Children in the Family Courts”

Can Gender Equality and Kindness Fix Scotland’s Family Courts?

Scotland is a compassionate country, yet some mistake Scotland’s kindness for weakness and report our country to be a ‘soft touch’ when it comes to justice. Coercive control and domestic violence have been a burden on our economy and our society for years and it disproportionately affects women.

Family Courts: What will it take to end the abuse?

When domestic abuse victims leave a controlling and often violent relationship, they have two hopes; a peaceful life, free from pain, and a safe and healthy environment for their child. Their hopes get shattered when they enter the draconian family courts.

Our Written Submission to the Government in Support of a Register of Interests for Scotland’s Judiciary

Public Petitions Committee / Justice Committee The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP Date 7th September 2020 Written submission by The Court Said (Scotland) Petition PE01458 Register of Interests for members of Scotland’s Judiciary Dear committee members We are a group of domestic abuse survivors who have spent many years in the family court system. WeContinue reading “Our Written Submission to the Government in Support of a Register of Interests for Scotland’s Judiciary”