For as long as judges, family lawyers, social-workers and psychologists are invested in maintaining the status quo and standing for the rights of adults, children will remain commodities in the legal system, and their physical, emotional & psychological safety is at best compromised, at worst, collateral damage in a system invested in its own self-perpetuation and box-ticking, and we will continue knowing family violence.
As a society we are caretakers for the next generation(s) and we have a responsibility to do the best by them that we can.
Where there is no responsibility for the children’s well-being and there is a history of family violence, we have an obligation to insist adults’ rights to be involved in the children’s upbringing be earned.
To stop family violence, you have to know what it is. Family violence is anything that makes someone else in the family feel (physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually or financially) unsafe.
It’s time to wake up.
It’s time to question our conditioning in our homes and in society. What pattern interrupts might change outcomes -for the better- for future generations?
Threats, coercion, bribery, isolation, punishment -all popular parenting techniques- are part of the dysfunction.
How are you prepared to be part of a solution?