We have documented over 100 cases where there was a custody matter involved in a father going and killing the children. - Kathleen Russell, Executive Director, Center for Judicial Excellence
Watch the 4 minute video clip below:
Imagine trying to keep your child out of the custody of someone who has physically or sexually abused you and/or them. It could be a former partner, or someone your former partner is dating/married to. You may have shared custody, or this person may have had no contact with your child - for years, and is now filing for custody.
Imagine having a child come home with bruises, or telling you, in detail, that they are being sexually abused. Your toddler telling you that someone "peed" in their mouth, put things in their anus. Your child telling you, begging you, to never make them go back there again.
Imagine going to the emergency room and listening to the doctors tell you that this is most definitely abuse - anyone could see that. Imagine spending thousands for a psychologist to evaluate and testify on the behalf of your child - to prove you're not lying.
Would your blood be boiling? Would you feel like the people that you thought would guarantee the safety of your children are now going to order that they be taken out of your home and into the custody of the person you know is abusing them?
Imagine if they told you that if you keep reporting the abuse, you could lose full custody of your children (if you haven't already) and be reported, yourself, for abusing the system? Imagine not being allowed any contact with your child - not being able to know if they're safe, if they're alive.
People say - how can this happen? It is happening because we have a system of powerful decision-makers and powerless citizens - and not enough people are speaking out about it.
People need to know. This is your opportunity to help save a child and expose the danger.
If you still can't believe it - do some research.
Here's a good starting point:
HOW DO WE KNOW CUSTODY COURTS ARE SENDING CHILDREN TO LIVE WITH ABUSERS?
by Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Child Custody Task Group
The story of naming "maternal alienation": new research enters the world of policy and practice Anne Morris, Home Truths Conference, September 2004, Melbourne
RESEARCH INDICATING THAT THE MAJORITY OF CASES THAT GO TO COURT AS "HIGH CONFLICT" CONTESTED CUSTODY CASES HAVE A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Compiled by Professor Joan S. Meier, Esq.,George Washington University Law School
Abuse Allegations In Custody and Visitation Disputes: An annotated review of literature Achimovich, Lois. (2003). Parental Alienation Syndrome Revisited.
Are "Good Enough" Parents Losing Custody to Abusive Ex-Partners? By Stephanie Dallam -- updated 2008 for the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence.
More from The Leadership Council on Parental Alienation & Abuse
News clip: Damon Moelter - Child Abuse Victim Marries to Avoid Custody of Abusive Father
Prosecuted but not Silenced by Maralee Mclean A powerful documentary about a mother and daughter's tragic involvement with the judicial system when there were allegations of child sexual abuse.
No Way Out But One Tells the story of an American woman accused of kidnapping her own children, who fled the country and became the first American woman to ever be granted asylum by the government of the Netherlands, due to domestic violence.
National Family Court Watch Project working to bring a public eye into the family court system.
Mothers of Lost Children Mothers mission is to support, nurture and pray for mothers and children who are forcibly separated by courts; and to bring public awareness to the fact that children who report abuse, particularly incest, are regularly given into the custody or unsupervised visitation of their identified perpetrators. Mothers who strive to protect their children are commonly removed partially or completely from their children's lives.