If you are struggling to protect your children and feel you are not being heard in court, you are not alone. Our research (see Report to the right) and experience shows there many mothers who are unable to access justice in family court, and we hear harrowing stories of their children not being heard or properly represented. Based on government statistics the numbers of such mothers and children are in the thousands. 70% of cases in family court involve domestic abuse. Only 1% of those cases are denied contact. There is an insitutional culture among court professionals for disbelieving mothers and children when they talk about concerns and fears of abuse. There is a shocking silencing of mothers and children by courts which is unacceptable in a civilised society.We are concerned about the epidemic of unsafe contact or change of residence ordered by family courts; the countless stories we hear from mothers going through this process are disturbing, harrowing and chilling. We aim to raise awareness of the issues that many mothers are facing but are powerless to do anything about due to the restrictions of the family court system, gagging orders and silencing and/or their lack of legal help. We are making suggestions towards urgent changes and solutions. The new directions PD12J are welcome but more is needed including a complete culture change in the family court system.
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You can find our Petition on Cafcass failing to protect children here
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Are you being accused of alienating your child from the father, being hostile, coaching, influencing etc or courts may be openly making allegations of Parental Alienation Syndrome or Implacable Hostility? Despite being found not admissible these tactics are still being used to trap mothers, and their children. More information is on our page about PAS
Mothers matter more Dina Rabinovitch on
Lord Justice Mathew Thorpe
At last, a judge in a child custody battle has dared to acknowledge the simple truth
'But in all this talk of fathers' rights and mothers' rights, what really
has been ignored is the children's wishes and the children's welfare -
which is what the courts are supposed to protect. It is indisputable
that the bond between a child and its mother is different from that
between a father and a child. The mother carries the child, is delivered
of the child and feeds the child. The relationship is unique and
incapable of substitution. We tamper with it at our peril, and at the
greater peril of our children.'