To watch this article try – really try – to be gender-neutral in its treatment of domestic violence and child custody arrangements, only to cave into blatant anti-father sentiments that are only too well known to readers of the BBC, would be amusing were the subject not so grave (BBC, 5/15/19).
The issue seems to be whether courts treat claims of DV by one parent or the other too casually and whether that results in unnecessary harm to children. Apparently, five children in the U.K. have died while in a parent’s care who was allowed access by a family court. Needless to say, five children killed is five too many and nowhere in the article is the rate of other, less serious injuries mentioned.
Plus there’s the problem that British family courts act in almost complete secrecy, meaning that neither the BBC nor any other news outlet can investigate the matter. That of course creates quite the irony. The secrecy provisions were instituted and are invariably defended as protecting children from unwanted publicity. That such secrecy might be contributing to their injury and death would very much turn that policy on its head.
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