Thank you to Reem Alsalem United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences

A thank you to Reem for her excellent report

June 15, 2023

Dear Reem,

Re: Custody, violence against women and violence against children report of UNSRVAWG

We are writing to you as organizations and representatives of thousands of children and mother victim-survivors of violence and abuse, who are further silenced, harmed and punished within the family courts via the regressive pseudo-concept of so-called ‘parental alienation’.

This is a brief note to express our sincere gratitude to you and your colleagues for the continued effort and work that you have undertaken to raise awareness and recommend much needed changes within these systems.

We all are sadly exposed to the abhorrent vitriol from certain aggressive groups and individuals and we realise this is something that you too have been exposed to over recent years, not least because of this particular aspect of your work.

You are an inspiration to us all and we wanted you to remember our gratitude as the report is disseminated more widely.

“Power is being able to say complete and utter nonsense and have it be believed, powerlessness is where no matter how much cogent evidence and proof one has, to not be believed.” Catherine MacKinnon.

Warmest regards,

Dr Elizabeth Dalgarno, Chair and Founder of SHERA Research Group and Lecturer at University of Manchester

Dr Emma Katz, Associate Professor Durham University.

Dr Claudia Galiberne Ferreira - Summum Iuris - Brazil (cont’d below)

Nataly Anderson, Co-Founder, Family Court Crisis 

Dr Charlotte Proudman, Barrister and Academic, University of Cambridge, founder Right to Equality

H Atkin, NHS Healthcare professional and DV charity volunteer

Dr Saira Khan, HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and member of the Domestic Violence/Abuse Working Group of the British Psychological Society

Caroline Canham, Co-Founder, DASG

Dr. Andreea Gruev-Vintila, Associate Professor Université Paris Nanterre 

Ana-Luana Stoicea-Deram, Sociologist and Trainer in Social and Family Policies, Institut de recherche et de formation à l’action sociale de l’Essonne

Sara Davison, The Divorce Coach, CEO Sara Davison Global Enterprises Ltd

Dr Marie Tamarelle-Verhaeghe, Députée 2017-2022, Conseillere départementale de l’Eure

Eleanor Laidlaw Brown, PhD Researcher University of Huddersfield, Midwife and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

Celine Pioger, Chairwoman “Association Proteger l’enfant” (France) 

Vicki Wharton member of Shera Core group and survivor

Kathryn Spearman, MSN, RN, PhD candidate

Rasteen Riyahi-Boni, Childcare Caseworker, Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Legal Services at Mosac, a charity supporting non abusing parents and victims of child sex abuse

Helen Tyrell, Victim/Survivor

Tracey Tedford, Victim/Survivor

Tracy Thompson, Out of his Control

Pierre-Guillaume Prigent, PhD in sociology, University of Western Brittany, France

Kate Amber MSc, Founder/CEO: End Coercive Control USA (ECCUSA) & Victim/Survivor

Gwenola Sueur, PhD Student in sociology, University of Western Brittany, France

Natalie Page, Director Survivor Family Network, Founder #THECOURTSAID, Director, Paramily

Paola Motosi, Collective for Childhood Protection Maternal Voice, Brazil

Farah Nazeer, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid Federation of England 

Cereinyn Ord, Survivor

Nikki Dhillon Keane, Founder Safe in Faith

Sara Kirkpatrick, CEO Welsh Women's Aid

Brenda Kilgour, Psychotherapist Working with survivors of abuse (Retired) UK

Dr. Linda C. Neilson, Professor Emerita & Research Associate of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Joan S. Meier, Esq., NFVLC Professor of Clinical Law, Founding Director, National Family Violence Law Center, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., USA.

Nancy S. Erickson, Esq., MA (Forensic Psychology) Formerly Professor of Law, Brooklyn, NY 

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor Emerita of Children and Families, University of Michigan.

Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, University College London, UK

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