Abusers gain custody of children

Speakoutloud.net children Clare Murphy PhDThis blog has been revised because the video I wanted readers to see has been removed from the internet, so I’ve left this short blog post here so that all the comments can remain.

Previously I introduced a video on PBS video to hear children talking about the impact of domestic violence and the failure of the court system to honour their needs and keep them safe. Domestic violence and legal professionals described the all too common fact that justice was not being done in favour of many many children.

This is a vast problem that reflects the interplay between male abusers’ use of children as weapons against women to maintain power and control, and to maintain what they considered to be their “rightful” position as head of the family. Plus . . . it reflected the support for such abuse by some professionals who are ill-informed about the realities of psychological coercive control, or who intentionally support men’s right to have power over women and children.

If you need help with child custody issues please see my blog posts about how some men attempt to gain custody of their children to maintain control over their ex-partner, and how they use the court system to maintain control.

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Clare Murphy PhD is the founder of SpeakOutLoud. Her website is dedicated to providing in-depth research about coercive control and psychological abuse. Clare mentors, supervises and trains professionals to recognise and work safely with domestic violence. She offers one-on-one counselling and consultation to those who are ready to make sense of coercive control and abuse, and to Grow and Flourish Beyond Trauma.