Domestic Violence Needs to Be Kept in Criminal Courts Because it is a Crime

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Claudine Dombrowski


Claudine Dombrowski

Domestic Violence Needs to Be Kept in Criminal Courts Because it is a Crime « RightsForMothers.com

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Filed under: Activism, Assault on your children's mother, Children and Domestic Violence, Children who witness abuse, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Family Court Reform, Family ...

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“If I Killed You, I’d Get The Kids”: Women’s Survival, Child Custody, and Abuse

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August 28, 2009  by RightsForMothers.com (another BADASS)


“If I Killed You, I’d Get The Kids”: Women’s Survival, Child Custody, and Abuse


Here is an important paper by Colleen Varcoe and Lori G. Irwin titled “If I Killed You, I’d Get the Kids”: Women’s Survival and Protection Work with Child Custody and Access in the Context of Woman Abuse.” I am constantly amazed by men’s rights advocates, father’s rights folks and shared parenting people that “claims” of abuse by women in a relationship are generally false when so there so many women and children dying. They want to make it a “women’s” or “feminist” issue, when it is really a human rights issue. They try and draw the attention away from all the abusive fathers getting custody of children from moms with claims of so-called “parental alienation syndrome” and claim that it is the “radical” women’s groups that are debunking it. I find that interesting and their credibility lacking if they call the American Judge’s Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National District Attorney’s Association “radical women’s groups.” They have all discredited claims of “parental alienation” and “parental alienation syndrome.”

Here is an except of Varcoe’s and Irwins’s paper:

Child custody and access was the central concern for women with children who participated in Project Violence Free (PVF), a three-year study of formal systems’ (criminal justice, social assistance, and health care) responses to abuse by intimate partners. Although we proposed to study women’s experience with these specific “systems,” the women saw their experiences as similar across services, and talked about “the system” as a monolithic entity. The overarching theme identified through analysis of interview and documentary evidence from the women was that women struggle continuously to limit the violence in their lives and to “make the system work.” We identified four critical sites in which women did most of this work.

For all the women, economic survival was a central part of their struggle. For most women, seeking protection, particularly, but not exclusively, from the justice system, was part of their experience. For women new to Canada, working with issues of immigration overshadowed their other efforts. For the women with children, issues of child custody and access dominated and shaped their experiences.

This article focuses on child custody and access as one of the sites of women’s work in dealing with intimate partner violence. It is based on interview data from the women who were mothers and focus group data from service providers who work with such women as background. The interviews revealed a pervasive tension between obligations to maintain contact between children and their fathers, and obligations to protect children from harm. The purpose of this article is to describe how women work to negotiate formal systems in relation to child custody and access in the context of woman abuse, and how aspects of such systems are problematic. Our argument is that child custody and access processes provide opportunities for abusive partners to exert power and control over their partners and children, and that these opportunities are often supported by policies and practices of service providers.

To read the rest of “If I Killed You, I’d Get the Kids”: Women’s Survival and Protection Work with Child Custody and Access in the Context of Woman Abuse” by Colleen Varcoe and Lori G. Irwin, please click here.

Filed under: Child Custody, Child Custody Battle, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Family Court Reform, Family Courts, Family Rights, Human Rights,Husbands who murder wives, Intimate Partner Assault, Murdered Mothers, Parental Alienation Syndrome, parental alienation — justice4mothers @ 11:16 am

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Wear RED Stop the Violence Against Women of Color October 31, 2009

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Why Are You Wearing RED?

The Color Spectrum Teaches Us About Justice





On September 20th, I wore black. I wore black, as many Black people did, in solidarity with the Jena 6, who are quickly becoming the 21st century’s Scottsboro Boys. I am wearing black, even though I have the profound urge and desire to wear red, a Maoist, seductive, bold red – on this, the possible new dawn, of what Al Sharpton has begun calling the “Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century.” I am wearing black, even as I have conflicting thoughts and emotions. I am eager for this moment of solidarity – a chance to acknowledge the injustice of inequitable sentencing. So, for today, it is my lipstick that is crimson.

But on Wednesday October 31, 2007 I will be wearing red; that uncomfortably womanish shade of scarlet that suggests a certain looseness, appreciation of blues, likelihood to walk the streets at night, willingness to be loud, dedication to self, and a deep refusal to be rendered invisible. Red, the color so many of us are told to avoid, because of its Western association, with the marked, fallen woman; red, that rich, rapturous, full, so-bright-it-looks-as-if-it’s-had-a-good-meal ruby color, red so intense, it’s nearly purple. Yes, that color – that’s the one I want to mark my outrage at the rape and torture of Megan Williams, a 20-year old woman in West Virginia; the sexual assault of a Haitian woman and her son in West Palm Beach, Florida; and the continued violence visited upon women of color.

Red is the color I choose, because I am not interested in being invisible. I am not interested in being forgotten. I am not interested in being a sidebar conversation. I am not interested, because I will be the women, who walks into the room wearing the color red, who makes the conversation stop, and gently suggests another topic – the role of violence and abuse in women’s lives perhaps? I am interested in being seen. I am interested in hearing what communities of color, so recently outfitted in black to mark the injustice done to the Jena 6, will do to mark the violence and injustice done to Megan Williams.

For me, the color red is about boldness. It is a vibrant color that cannot be ignored. Beyond the pink of feminism, and even the purple of womanism, red is a color that says, “stop and see.” On October 31st, we ask women of color and their allies, to break the silence and invisibility surrounding violence against women of color, by choosing to be seen. By choosing to be vocal, to be brave, to be bold and work to stop violence against women.



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ACTION ALERT! Need New York Court watchers (another court napped child) October 19, 2009

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If you are in the New York  Area, please show your support for Angeline’s case by coming to her next family court hearing on October 19, 2009:

The hearing will be held on October 19, 2009 at 11:00 am.

Location: Courtroom E-123, Annex Building
Justice Fernando M. Camacho
125-01 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Click here for directions!

If you can make it to Angeline’s next court hearing on October 19, 2009, please let us know by emailing us at:




Where’s Aniysah?

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2009 at 9:19 pm


On March 3rd, 2009 Aniysah was taken from her mother’s arms and has only seen her one time since!  This is a story about the (in)justice system and how it fails brown women and children daily. Please help Angeline get her daughter back. Please help this story be but a painful memory.

Where’s Aniysah? Facts

Where’s Aniysah? Updates

Where’s Aniysah? Timeline

Where’s Aniysah? What You Can Do to Help!

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Custodial dad charged with trying to drown daughter (Conway, Arkansas)

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Well thank goodness she lived. And went home to Mom.



Father Charged With Trying to Drown Daughter
Reported by:

Thursday, Aug 27, 2009 @04:07am

(Conway, AR) -- A man from Clinton, Arkansas is out on bond after allegedly almost drowning his eight year old daughter.

He claims God asked him to do it.

Van Buren police say Samuel Merryman's daughter was held under water until she blacked out.

He is charged with endangering a minor, kidnapping and battery.

"I just can't imagine that your dad holding you down by your neck under water somebody that's supposed to protect you. I just can't imagine the way that felt," said Kristy Merryman, the girl's mother.

Merryman had custody of his children when the incident occurred.

His ex-wife has now been granted temporary custody.

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The blood money trail in the name of “Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives”. Pedophiles, abusers and felons getting sole custody; with Govt.$$

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MamaLiberty’s Weblog



by mamaliberty

Pedophiles, abusers and felons getting sole custody,because everyone in Family Court gets a suckle from the teat of the grants. I’ve followed the blood money trail in the name of “Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives”.


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I’m as Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore

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by Justice4Mothers ( another BADASS)
I’m as Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore

Filed under: Activism, Child Custody, Child Custody Battle, Child Support, Child custody for fathers, Children who witness abuse, Claudine Dombrowski, Corrupt Judges, Corrupt Lawyers, Custody Evaluators, Danielle Malmquist, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Family Courts, Fatherhood groups, Fathers Rights, Getting screwed by the politicians, Human Rights, Jeffery Leving, Judges who break the law, Judicial Immunity, Kristin Hanson, Legal abuse, Lynn Rosenthal, Maternal Deprivation, Motherhood, Murder - Suicide, Non-custodial Mothers, Noncustodial Mothers, Protect yourself from FR groups, Shari Andree, Shirley Riggs, Speak Out, Wendy Titelman, Whores of the court — justice4mothers @ 7:39 pm



I’m a human being, God dammit.  My life has value.

I’m as mad as Hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.

Things have got to change.

So many moms are losing their children to their abusers.  The American Judge’s Association knows it.  The National District Attorney’s Association knows it.  The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges know it.  The Acting Director from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, Catherine Pierce, knows it.  Why in the hell doesn’t someone actually do something about it? 

What about Wendy Titelman, Claudine Dombrowski, Danielle Malmquist, Shari Andree, Kristin Hanson, Shirley Riggs and the many, many other moms that have been kept from their children for years, children who are now with their abusers or their mother’s abusers.  But more importantly, what about their children?  What the hell about the children?

The courts are filled with father’s rights judges, and if a father fights for custody, he generally gets it.  Abusive fathers are twice as likely to fight for custody, and 70% of the time they get it.  Can you imagine what is it like for a child to be forced to be with their rapist…they are generally drugged into compliance with anti-depressants, etc. to be able to cope.  The courts have set up a whole cottage industry over the corruption, which feeds the corrupt family law lawyers, custody evaluators, mediators, co-parenting counselors, and all your associated Whores of the Court.

Why did President Obama have a Father’s Day function at the White House?  Did he forget we have a Mother’s Day too, or is it another bow to the father’s rights/abuser’s lobby in this country.  Why does he support fatherhood?  Shouldn’t he be supporting parenthood?  Or are mothers just walking wombs to him?  Why would President Obama have a relationship with father’s rights lawyer Jeffery Leving, who was making excuses for fathers murdering families?  I listen to Jeffery Leving’s dad’s rights commercials on WBBM AM-780 in Chicago every night as I go to sleep in my vehicle.   I feel sick as I wonder if I will have enough food to make it though the week.  Then I think of my own children I have not seen in a long, long time…they are with my abuser.  The abuser that takes a chunk of my pay, even though he makes much more than I do.  I worked hard to put myself through college, served in the military for almost eight years.  And I am left to sleep in my car.  And listen to Jeffery Leving’s commercials every night.  Thanks to America’s family courts.

I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!

Mr. President, if you want to talk about what is really going on with family courts, email me at rightsformothers@gmail.com and I will get on the next train to DC to discuss with you.  You need to listen to moms too.


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Assigned to check abuse, social worker impregnates client ;then seeks sole custody of child

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Assigned to check abuse, social worker impregnates client

Kristyna Wentz-Graff
Theola Nealy of Milwaukee sits on the bed of her 5-year-old daughter, Amy, who no longer lives with her. Her daughter and son were removed from her custody. Another daughter, 1, fathered by social worker Peter Nelsen, is now in Nelsen’s custody. The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office is reviewing the case.

By Crocker Stephenson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Aug. 27, 2009

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Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Peter J. Nelsen arrives at the Milwaukee County Courthouse Friday for a hearing on a restraining order against him by Theola Nealy.

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Fatal Care: Fostering reform in child welfare

For complete archived coverage of the story of the death of 13-month-old Christopher L. Thomas Jr. and its catalyst for change in the child welfare bureau, click here.

A state social worker who investigated a report of child abuse for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare later had sex with the child's emotionally troubled mother and impregnated her. He then hid the woman's pregnancy and the birth of their daughter from the bureau, even as the mother sought to retain custody of two other children, the Journal Sentinel has learned.

The 56-year-old social worker, Peter J. Nelsen, was allowed to resign from the bureau April 15, according to bureau records.

Within months of his resignation, the bureau removed the 1-year-old girl from her mother and placed her in Nelsen's home. The other children - a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy - also had been removed.

Nelsen is now seeking sole custody of the 1-year-old.

"Everything that I love is gone," said the 31-year-old mother, Theola Nealy.

Nealy was sit

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Maternal Deprivation Abuse

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Battered Moms Lose Children to Abusers


About BMLCTA-Maternal Deprivation Abuse—batteredmomslosecustody


This site is for Mother’s who are re-victimized in Family Court by unethical Judges, Lawyers, GALs, Psychologists, Parenting Coordinators, Etc. who fail to protect children and often even punish the mother for protecting their children who complain of abuse.

Women who were involved with wealthy abusers are frequently subjected to Legal Abuse when attempting to leave an abuser. Children are used as pawns and are being subjected to atrocious treatment by professionals who profiteer off of these court cases.

Abusers are getting unsupervised visitation, joint, and sometimes sole custody of children despite documented histories of abuse to the mother or child or both.

Interviews from the Battered Mother’s Custody Conference


Family Court Crisis – Our Children At Risk


To view the ultimate documentary on this Family Court Custody and Visitation Scandal:
Breaking the Silence- Children’s Stories <-Click this Link!

If you are naive and uniformed you may think that if you go to court and tell the truth everything will be ok. Think again…When women and/or children expose family abuses, especially sexual abuse, they are demonized and vilified as liars. Even when children expose abuse by strangers, they are accused of lying by horrifically unethical attorneys and their colluding psychological so-called experts. If you wonder how this can go on, check out how many defense attorneys are also legislators. They make their living by defending criminals. These unethical psychologists who are the most important part of the defense against abuse accusations also have a hugely powerful lobby and have virtual immunity in child custody cases.

Here is a video of one of the most despicable criminal defense attorneys who is also a federal legislator. Obviously this guy thinks than it is much more important for adult sex offenders to have rights that it is to protect innocent children. It is this mentality that is pervasive in family court that protective parents face when defending against allegations of parental alienation. The abuse that has been suffered by parent and child are discounted and the parental rights of the abusers seem to be the only thing that matters.

Check out this legislator in action regarding Jessica’s law requiring minimum sentencing for sex offenders.


“rip apart” 6-year-old victims on the witness stand and “make sure the rest of their life is ruined.”

In a fiery soliloquy on the House floor, Fagan said he’d grill victims so that, “when they’re 8 years old they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old, they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody.”


Victims from all over the world need to get the message out about the network of people who “excuse abuse” and falsely accuse protective parents of hypothetical psychological theories in order to facilitate a change of custody to the abusive parent or grant visitation when it is not in the child’s best interest. Please send your story of defending your child from an abuser to ParentalAlienationFraud@gmail.com.

Spread the word using Rating sites to anonymously give information on the Judges, Mental Health Professionals, and Lawyer/GAL/Mediators, etc. and anyone else involved in the case.  Distinction in Family Courts conducts studies, has a questionnaire, and is involved in class action to clean up the family court system.

Rate Judges:
Courthouse Forum
Jail 4 Judges
Jail 4 Judges Florida

Rate the Courts

Robe Probe
The Robing Room

Rate Mental Health Professionals:
Rate MDs  – Good site to post reviews
PsychReview - UK
Therapist Ratings

Rate Lawyers/GALs/Mediators, etc.

Lawyer Ratings – Where You Are The Judge - Good site to post reviews
AVVO - Does not seem to be posting these reviews. hmmmm…. UPDATE: Has not ever posted a real review!

Not every post on this blog specifically relates to a battered mother, but they generally relate to court injustice, the fraud of psychological testimony, and maltreatment of women and/or children, especially Maternal Deprivation Abuse (MDA).

Maternal Deprivation Research

There have been numerous studies regarding Maternal Deprivation, with a large source of information coming from Bowlby, based on Spitz and Goldfarb, and also from unethical animal experimentation. Overwhelmingly, research shows that severing this natural bond between a mother and child causes severe emotional and behavioral problems, such as depression and psychosis. The phrase maternal deprivation is the terminology used in the early work of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, John Bowlby on the effects of separating infants and young children from their mother. Some of the research was previously used to discourage mothers from working or using childcare, but it seems important to revive these studies as children are being deprived of their mothers intentionally by abusive men who claim to be “parentally alienated” in an ongoing scandal that rivals that of the Catholic Priest sexual abuse cover up.  

Maternal Deprivation Abuse (MDA), has been identified as occurring with great frequency in legal proceedings, with specific unethical lawyers, psychologists, and judges perpetrating the the same scam on mother after mother with similar horrific results for the children. There has been death by suicide, suicide attempts, depression, academic distress, retaliation by a child against a PAS claiming father, and untold misery for the victimized children and mothers.

Based on Bolwby’s theories, Maternally Deprivation affects children as follows:

  • Complete or almost complete deprivation could “entirely cripple the capacity to make relationships.”
  • Partial deprivation could result in acute anxiety, depression, neediness and powerful emotions which the child could not regulate.
  • The end product of such psychic disturbance could be neurosis and instability of character.(Bowlby J. (1951) pps. 11–12)

“Mother love in infancy and childhood is as important for mental health as are vitamins and proteins for physical health.” (Bowlby, 1953.)  Child psychoanalyst John Bowlby (1907–1990).

Maternal Deprivation Abuse

Maternal Deprivation, or Motherlessness, is occurring with alarming frequency due to the unethical treatment of women and children in family court. Maternal Deprivation is inflicting abuse by severing the mother-child bond. It is a form of abuse that men inflict on both the mother and children, especially men who claim they are “parentally alienated” from their children when there are complaints of abusive treatment by the father.

Maternal Deprivation occurs when men seek to keep their children from being raised by their mothers who are the children’s natural caretakers. Some men murder the mothers of their own children. Others seek to sever the maternal bonds by making false allegations of fictitious psychological syndromes in a deliberate effort to change custody and/or keep the child from having contact with their mother when there are legal proceedings. A twisted form of Maternal Deprivation is to kill the children, so that the mother will be left to suffer. Sometimes there are family annihilationmurders where the father kills the children and himself (or dies by cop), but the mother is not killed because she has received protective orders and her children have not as in the case of Jessica Gonzales.  

In seeking to define this form of abuse certain common elements are found in the Maternal Deprivation scenario as follows:

  • History of domestic abuse that could be physical, psychological, sexual, and/or social abuse occurring on or off again, occasionally, or chronically which could be mild, moderate, or severe, including homicidal and/or suicidal threats.
  • Legal proceedings relating to abuse
  • Hiring of “Fathers Rights” attorney
  • Use of “Hired Gun” mental health professionals to make accusations of psychological disorder against the mother and children in deliberate effort to excuse abuse and change custody or grant visitation that is contrary to safety concerns. Another name for these unethical professionals are “Whores of the Courts“ as they are called by Margaret Hagen PhD in the book by the same title exposing the fraud of psychological testimony.
  • Raising claims of “psychological disorders” against the mother such as “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (PAS), Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, Malicious Mother Syndrome, Lying Litigant Syndrome, Hostile Aggressive Parenting or any other mother-blaming psychological disorder that can be used by the unethical professional to re-victimize the victims.
  • Infliction of “Legal Abuse” by continually and excessively filing motions so that the mother continually has to defend herself and her child(ren) causing financial and emotional devastation.
  • Can occur in response to child support legal proceedings as retaliation.

The intent of “Maternal Deprivation” is to punish the mother and the child for revealing the abuse and to falsely claim that they are not abusive. This very commonly occurs as there are more and more “abuse-excuse” parental alienation accusing professionals who use this scientifically invalid theory over and over to achieve specific goals of the person paying them. Maternal Deprivation can also occur in response to child support legal proceedings. When occurring in this manner, Maternal Deprivation is a response to the financial demands as retaliation. Suddenly the father who had little prior involvement wants to take the kids half the time to avoid child support obligations, etc. When the men are really abusive, they ask for sole custody and demand the mother of the child pay them.

Although some people call this “Maternal Alienation”, a distinction needs to be made as the pro-pedophilia “Parental Alienation Syndrome” and the use of the word “Alienation” are most often used AGAINST battered women and abused children. There needs to be a distinction between the phony psychological syndrome and the intentional infliction of abuse on a mother and child by intentionally severing their natural bond. This distinction can best be made by NOT using the label of “Alienation” which will always be associated with the pro-pedophilia monster Doctor Richard Gardner.

Some of the characteristics of the especially heinous abusers who inflict Maternal Deprivation include but are not limited to the following:

  • Angry

  • Abusive

  • Violent

  • Coercive

  • Controlling

  • Threatening

  • Intimidating

  • Demanding

  • Domineering

  • Harassing

  • Stalking

  • Tyrannical

  • Oppressive

  • Forceful

  • Manipulative

  • Deceptive

  • Unethical

  • Un-empathetic (Lacks Empathy)

  • Entitled

  • Immature

  • Self-centered

  • Neglectful

  • Guilt inducing

  • Pushy

  • Intentionally tries to humiliate mother and/or child
  • Harsh, rigid and punitive parenting style
  • Outrage at child’s challenge of authority
  • May use force to reassert parental position
  • Dismissive of child’s feelings and negative attitudes
  • Vents rage, blames mother for “brainwashing” child and takes no responsibility
  • Challenges child’s beliefs and/or attitudes and tries to convince them otherwise
  • Inept and unempathic pursuit of child, pushes calls and letters, unannounced or embarrassing visits

There is a distinct overlap of the intimate terrorist type domestic violence abuser with the Maternal Deprivation abusers as follows:

  • Coercion and threats
  • Intimidation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Isolation
  • Minimizing, denying and blaming (Hallmarks of PAS)
  • Using children
  • Economic abuse
  • Male privilege

The people who most often engage in Maternal Deprivation Abuse are most often: 

  • Abusive men

  • Vindictive second wives who don’t want to deal with the real mother of the children

  • Paternal grandparents who raised dysfunctional children (abusers)

The effects of Maternal Deprivation often cause the children to become psychotic, depressed, and sometimes suicidal or to have suicidal ideations. Another terrible reaction is when the child retaliates against the parent who accuses Parental Alienation Syndrome as in a Texas case where the child killed his father. Other times when the Maternal Deprivation abuser completely takes over the will of the child by using brainwashing techniques similar to those used in prison camps where deprivation and isolation are used to force ideological changes in captives, these children often have a sort of trauma-bonding with the abuser and model their behavior. Sometimes these children will also abuse the mother in the same manner as the father. Another generation is created to carry on the abuse, and will likely do the same to their own spouse and children.

Check out this video on unethical Maternal Deprivation


And more from Bowlby’s Studies:


(1963). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 11:500-541

Pathological Mourning and Childhood Mourning

John Bowlby, M.D.

THIS IS the fifth in a series of papers in which I am exploring the theoretical implications of the behavior to be observed when young children are removed from the mother figures to whom they are attached and are placed with strangers. The thesis I am advancing is twofold: “first, that once the child has formed a tie to a mother-figure, which has ordinarily occurred by the middle of the first year, its rupture leads to separation anxiety and grief and sets in train processes of mourning; secondly, that in the early years of life these mourning processes not infrequently take a course unfavourable to future personality development and thereby predispose to psychiatric illness.” Since in earlier papers I have discussed the theory of separation anxiety and mourning, it is to the second part of the thesis that this and later papers are directed.

In the preceding paper “Processes of Mourning” (5) reasons were given for dividing healthy mourning, whether it occurs in human infants

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

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