Parental Alienation is Domestic Violence

The US Department of Justice provides significant confirmation that parental alienation is domestic violence by noting on its website that: Exactly. In parental alienation, children are isolated from a parent (which is family) and usually half of the extended family.

This is consistent with Dr. Childress referring to it as the trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma.

The Family Courts of Australia note that family violence includes "preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with his or her family."


Further, in her Ted Talk, Dr. Harman at the University of Colorado says that "parental alienation is a form of domestic violence".

See also Dr. Harman's presentation at the Reykjavik conference - "Parental alienation A Form of Intimate Partner Violence"

According to Dr. Castelloe, "Behavioral Scientist Steve Maraboli describes it as 'an emotional act of violence' aimed at an adult, but one that critically wounds a child."

Here is a discussion about PA being prosecuted under domestic violence laws.

Edward Kruk discusses parental alienation being domestic violence in psychology today.

Dr. Craig Childress discusses PA and domestic violence: "The “parental alienation” process is most definitely a variant of domestic violence, expressing themes of power, control, and domination. The pathology of “parental alienation” is the manifestation of the narcissistically organized psychopathology of the “alienating” parent who is using the child as the weapon of spousal battery to inflict immense emotional and psychological suffering on the other spouse as revenge for the narcissistic injury of the divorce. The pathology of “parental alienation” is among the most extreme forms of domestic violence, killing the child of the other spouse as a means to inflict suffering on the other spouse for having the effrontery of divorcing them. “How dare you divorce me. I will kill your beloved child as revenge. Aren’t you sorry now that you left me.” The pathology of “parental alienation” is domestic violence in the most extreme.""

Here is a a discussion of using courts to inflict domestic violence "The Courts Co-opted to decimate"

Dr. Harmon further discusses PA as domestic violence in an article: "Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior that involves violence or other abuse by one individual against another in a domestic setting and it can take many forms (e.g. physical, financial, or psychological) and have many outcomes ... the alienating behaviors may be blatant or subtle, but they are nearly always intentional. What has concerned me in some of my discussions about parental alienation with other professional colleagues is that while many of them agree that the alienating parent's behaviors are negative, they believe they should be considered 'justifiable' because they are that parent's 'only defense' when they are in an abusive relationship. This sanctioning of parental alienating behaviors is troubling to me for two reasons: 1. The belief reflects an assumption that the alienator is or has been the victim of violence in the relationship. Results of my own research and interviews with alienated parents have demonstrated that the reverse is actually true. Parents who alienate often engaged in other forms of domestic violence (e.g. physical of stalking) before their relationship with the targeted parent ended. Parental alienation is a continuation, in a different form, of the abuse. Careful and critical scrutiny of abuse claims (e.g. police reports or hospital records) can elucidate the truth, if the time is taken to do so ... I hope parental alienation will be recognized as  a form of domestic violence, and thus, as a crime punishable by law."

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