Victims of domestic abuse get little help from family courts

Courts rejected women’s claims of partner violence and child abuse by men, on average, roughly two-thirds of the time. They rejected mothers’ claims of child abuse by fathers approximately 80% of the time. And they reversed custody from mothers alleging abuse to the allegedly abusive fathers at rates ranging from 22% – for partner violence claims – to 56% when mothers alleged both sexual and physical child abuse…

Courts’ skepticism in these cases is due to many factors, but a key driving force is the concept of “parental alienation” or “parental alienation syndrome” which was invented in the 1980s by a psychiatrist named Richard Gardner…

Gardner’s “parental alienation syndrome” (“PAS”) was eventually discredited by courts and scholars. But the notion of parental alienation as the toxic influence of a primary parent that turns children against the other parent continues to profoundly influence family courts’ responses to women’s claims of abuse, especially child sexual abuse.

Thus, our study found, consistent with Gardner and parental alienation theory, that when a father accused of sexual abuse responded by accusing the mother of parental alienation, 50 out of 51 courts sided with the father and refused to believe the sexual abuse claim.

Lots of links to mutual and related studies on the topic. Something I always find useful trying to learn more on topics that may be questioning what has been commonly accepted. So, please read this study…and, please, click the links and examine the sidebar pieces.

One thought on “Victims of domestic abuse get little help from family courts

  1. p/s says:

    The suspect in the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack had a history of domestic violence. That’s not surprising, experts say https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2021/11/26/waukesha-christmas-parade-suspect-had-history-domestic-violence-darrell-brooks/8747950002/
    “…Nearly 60% of 749 mass shootings between 2014 and 2019 were either domestic violence attacks or committed by men with histories of domestic violence, a 2020 Bloomberg analysis found. A peer-reviewed academic study released earlier this year had a similar finding: About 59% of the 110 mass shootings analyzed were related to domestic violence.
    “Not all domestic abusers are this type of abuser, but in almost every mass shooting or mass killing, the person who committed it had a link to some sort of violence in their intimate partner relationships,” according to Carmen Pitre, president and chief executive of Sojourner Family Peace Center.

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