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Make Parental Alienation Illegal

Sign a Petition to Make Parental Alienation a Criminal Offence

25th April is Internationl Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Each year thousands of children, who love both their parents, find themselves orphaned from one parent due to the poisonous behaviour of the other. Children are put under so much pressure to hate a parent that it becomes 'the real love that dare not speak its name' as Bob Geldof once said. It is devastating to target parents whose loving relationships end up slowly but surely being destroyed . It is simply child abuse and a form of coercive control, the effect of which is every bit as harmful as other forms of criminal abuse. This petition addresses this very comomn scourge and deserves everyone's support. Please SIGN THIS PETITION and share it.

Smash the 10,000 Signatures Target

10,000 signatures are needed for the government to have to take notice or at least acknowledge the petition. So please SIGN IT AND SHARE IT. If everyone who receives this email signs and then forwards it to other family members, friends and colleagues who then do so too, we will smash the 10,000 limit and make some progress.

To achieve our objective of ending this abuse we'll also need to keep up our future campaigns, so please encourage family and friends to REGISTER WITH US AT FNF AS WELL, FOR FREE.  They'll be able to receive our Newsletters, progress reports and other updates.

Further Action

Please ask to meet your MP or write to them. Tell them of your experience of parental alienation, tell them how many people have signed the petition to outlaw it and how ineffective family courts currently are at dealing with it. Tell them that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is considering formal recognition of PA and that the recent research by Colorado State University identifies it as both child abuse and a form of intimate partner violence. Suggest that your MP contacts the relevant ministers at the Ministries of Justice and Health to get their response. Please feel free to share any responses you get with us at admin@fnf.org.uk (we will not publish identifying details without your permission).

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  • Over the last couple of days we shared charts showing the impact on children's mental health and psychosomatic symptoms in different family arrangements. The last chart in this series focuses on physical, psychological and social quality of life and wellbeing measures. As with the first two charts, it points to outcomes for children being best in nuclear families, however, joint care is by far the best option when parents separate, whenever that is possible. Please support us by sharing our posts, liking them, following us, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • This second chart looks at children's experience of psychosomatic symptoms based on their living arrangements once their parents separate. These are physical symptoms that manifest themselves following a psychological trauma - in this case reduced or eliminated relationships with one of their parents. You can support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, registering for free, joining us or making a donation.
  • Some parents have no choice but to bring up their children alone. Sometimes it is because a parent is irresponsible or poses a genuine risk. We have great respect for them. However, for the vast majority of the thousands who come to us it is because their ex refuses them access because of jealousy, hurt or selfishness and a belief that single parenting does no harm - except it does. For us, shared parenting is not only right in principle, but supported by evidence as this graph from a huge Swedish study shows in relation to mental health. You can support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, registering for free, joining us or making a donation.
  • Families Need Fathers contributed to yesterday's live Victoria Derbyshire Show debate on domestic abuse and the notion that Family Courts arranged 'contact at all costs'. Amongst the panel were deniers of parental alienation and people who had the strange notion that getting a contact order for unsupervised direct contact was a doddle and the norm. Do send your views on this and men's experience of abuse Victoria@bbc.co.uk.It looks like the debate will continue on the show for the next couple of days. The terms of reference for any inquiry into this will be critical - early indicators of pre-determination are worrying. Support us by liking and sharing our posts, following us, registering for free, joining or making a donation. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00052qc/victoria-derbyshire-15052019
  • We will be present on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme today at 10 when issues in the article are discussed further. This is yet another article making strong suggestions - including that dads (not mums) who have been accused of abuse, shouldn't even have the right to even ask the courts for permission to see their own children. Or that dads (not mums) who have what they call the "toxic trio" of addiction, mental illness and a history of violence, represent an overwhelming risk to children - after separation. Why single out dads? Could mums all be perfect? Let's face it, the kind of battles which go on between separating parents - partly thanks to our adversarial family law system - are rife, alienating parents and children through lack of early collaborative actions and blighting their futures. Men and women need to collaborate from the outset. Our children deserve and need it. Also, whilst deaths of children in family violence are always a tragedy, they are thankfully extremely rare. This kind of exceptionalism is rife in the media today - taking a relatively rare tragedy as justification for major decisions which might dangerously impact a far larger part of society. Just because some people are allergic to nuts is not a reason to ban nuts. It's a reason to take sensible precautions and educate people on the dangers. However we do agree that more transparency is urgently needed in the Family Court and would help the public to understand the terrible problems that are experienced by children and parents as a result of the ineffectual way the system works - in practice. It is not so much that the law needs changing, but rather its practice. More transparency is a must. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48230618
  • Yesterday, BBC Radio 4 broadcast 'When Parents Split' an intelligent discussion on Parental Alienation. The programme was presented by psychotherapist Philippa Perry and featured contributions from Francesca Wiley QC, PA experts Dr Amy J Baker and Karen Woodall, Sarah Parsons from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) as well as powerful testimony from parents talking about their horrendous experiences and a young man who had been alienated. All separating parents and those affected should listen to this and share it widely to help raise awareness of this shockingly common phenomenon. Please support our work by liking and sharing our posts, following us, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00051dz

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