Sonia Hickey

About Sonia Hickey

Sonia Hickey is a freelance writer, magazine journalist and owner of “Woman with Words”. She has a strong interest in social justice and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers content team.

Facebook group encourages fathers to abduct their kids

In an effort to garner attention, a Facebook group have suggested that their members “grab their kids and run to another state, then report the mother for sexual abuse”.

 

 

Thousands of those affected by separation and divorce have been encouraged to participate in a mass abduction of their children. Australian online group Domestic Violence Against Men has urged their 19,000 members to “grab their kids and run to another state, then report the mother for sexual abuse.”

A follow-up post says that the protest will force media attention onto the issue of fathers being wrongfully accused by women and losing access to their children. But there has been a mixed reaction from group members, with some believing the stunt is misguided, selfish and will cause harm to the children. Others believe that a shocking, attention-grabbing stunt is necessary to put the spotlight on suffering men who feel they have nowhere else to turn.

The picture of Domestic Violence in Australia is alarming: Statistics say that Police are called to an incidence of domestic violence every two minutes. And, the statistics also show that women tend to be victims more often than men.

Recent figures released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), show that in fact, the number of domestic violence-related murders in New South Wales has doubled over the past year. The figures suggest that 38 people were killed by those with which they had a domestic relationship in the 12 months to March 2019, up from 19 the previous year.

 

A follow-up post says that the protest will force media attention onto the issue of fathers being wrongfully accused by women and losing access to their children.

 

The most significant increase was seen in male victims of domestic violence homicides.

Whereas women accounted for 15 of the victims, up from 11 the previous year, men made up 14, compared with five the previous year.

Seven victims were children killed by a parent, up from one the previous year, and, it should be noted that the categories extend beyond partners, to include relatives, carers and those who live together but are not in an intimate relationship.

The family law courts do not have an easy task. Child custody cases can be wickedly complex, especially when one or both parents are alleging abuse. And, the impacts of making the wrong decision can be devastating; children may be ordered into the care of an abusive parent, or prohibited from seeing a safe and loving one. They are not easy decisions, and they require great skill and understanding to get right.

The Family Court system is now under review, and it’s hoped that a full investigation of the system will make it more accessible and fairer for all involved, particularly the children, who are the most impacted of all.

 

 

 

 

 

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