What if?

Posted on November 25, 2010

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The law is interesting.

In court, if somebody lies, then how do people know they’re lying?

Usually evidence is presented at a hearing.

What if there is no evidence or what if the evidence has not been presented to court?

What if the woman or man was too psychologically damaged by an abuser that they weren’t in the head space to gather evidence?

What if the most important thing at that time was to protect herself and her children?

What if the Family Consultant cannot read her evidence because it has not been admitted as evidence in the proceedings.

What if the Family Consultant writes an inaccurate Family Report?

What if the Family Consultant writes the abuser’s lies into the Family Report in such a way that they look like the truth.

What if, once again she is traumatised, but this time by the legal system?

What if the judge uses the Family Consultant’s report on which to base his decisions?

What if the children get psychologically damaged in this whole process?

What if the legal system works in a way that she is abused all over again?

Who is protecting these survivors of domestic violence and their children?

Who has the psychological understanding and insight to see through the lies, to make the right decisions?

What if the Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) bases his decisions on the Family Report?

What if she can’t afford to go to court?

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I’ve used the words she or her, but please replace them with he or his.

The legal system can retraumatise anyone, especially if they are symptomatic.

I’ve heard former judges say “The law is an ass” and “It’s a battle of wits.”

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