False Presumptions about Violence Against Women and Parental Alienation
The Special Rapporteur’s Call for Input on Violence against Women and Violence Against Children is ideologically biased against parental alienation. It relies on faulty and false presumptions and denies the long-established evidence and research base for parental alienation to frame responses.
Parental alienation is a non-gendered behavioural process. It is a form of coercive-controlling family violence affecting mothers and fathers of all sexual orientations and family configurations.
Parental alienation theory gives equity to mothers and fathers to help their children. The Special Rapporteur’s Call for Input fails to recognise that men and women can engage in harmful and abusive behaviour toward each other and their children.
Gendered Family Violence Theories and Practices Harm Women
Gendered family violence theories and practices harm women. They do not have an assessment and evidentiary framework to support mothers’ parental alienation situations. They force mothers and fathers to implicate themselves by defending themselves when making valid parental alienation allegations.
Recent research finds that parental alienation is a discourse that shapes lived experiences. The evidence to uncover it is primarily narrative. It is not based only on objective facts. Support services for mothers and fathers should provide specialised services to curate parental alienation evidence in narrative form.
The UN Charter of the Rights Of The Child Supports Parental Alienation Concepts
The United Nations Charter of the Rights of the Child supports parental alienation concepts. It supports the child’s right to have a relationship with both parents, to have their identity and to provide state support to parents to fulfil their child’s best interests.
Parental Alienation: Supporting Mothers, Fathers and All Family Configurations
“Family Law in Australia embodies parental alienation concepts. It uses those concepts in a functional description of “preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with their family, friends or culture” as an example of Family Violence. Family Law in Australia embodies parental alienation concepts. It uses those concepts in a functional description of “preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with their family, friends or culture” as an example of Family Violence.
A Way Forward for Violence Against Women, Men, Children and Families
Structural change is required for institutions, primarily legal and child protection, to develop parental alienation, family violence, sexual abuse, and trauma-informed policies and practices.
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