UK: Including parental alienation in legal definition of domestic abuse ‘places victims at great risk’

Article here. Excerpt:

'Including the “highly troubling” notion of parental alienation in the legal definition of domestic abuse would place victims subjected to violence by their partners at great risk, campaigners have warned.

Peers in the House of Lords - where the domestic abuse bill is being debated this week - have suggested an amendment to the landmark legislation which would include parental alienation in the definition of domestic abuse.

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service identify parental alienation as “when a child’s hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent”.​'

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A parent's alienating a child from his or her other parent is certainly a form of domestic abuse. It is a cruel form of psychological and emotional warfare that harms the child and the other parent. (One could also reasonably argue that parental alienation, left unchecked, harms the alienating parent by allowing them to engage in toxic behaviors and causing that parent to experience the effects of those behaviors (some people call those effects karma).

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