Mothers Unite UK

Domestic and child abuse in Family Court


Judge Sir James Munby replies to our Report

Posted by on February 16, 2018 at 9:05 PM

We wrote to James Munby and enclosed our report. This is his repy to our 20 page report which can be found here

Thank you for the attached letter addressed to the President of the Family Division.

The President is in close touch with Women’s Aid on the issues you have raised. It is, however, worth remembering that, tragically, children are also killed by mothers and not just by fathers.

The President thanks you for writing and sharing your views.

Kind Regards

Office of the President of the Family Division | Judicial Office | Royal Courts of Justice | Strand | London WC2A 2LL |

Our reply

Dear Mr Barford,

Thankyou for your reply.

Our twenty page report is not about deaths only but about the suffering of live children and the fact that victims of abuse are being accused of lying or having delusions, and that abuse is not taken seriously by family courts. This usually effects mothers (though we are aware of a few father accused of lying) because of the beliefs stemming partly from 'parental alienation syndrome' which blames and accuses mothers only, and the institutional culture of court professionals believing most mothers lie. This means many thousands of children are now being put into unsafe and frightening situations with abusive fathers, or even living with them. The fact that this is happening and so often is horrendous.

The report is not about views so much as experience.

We are in touch with Womens Aid but they are not a mothers group, so it appears mothers are being excluded from consultations, despite the majority effected being women (and children). Yet a fathers rights group is being included.

It is disappointing that a group of 500+ is being invalidated by the 'whataboutme' scenario.

We hope that some consideration will be given to listening to mothers within the talks on change (none of which is making any difference on the ground). Meanwhile we are developing our own strategies in a system that is unable to offer transparency or humanity.

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