Response to the FJC consultation on 'alienating behaviours' draft guidelines
Summary of our response to the FJC draft guidelines on 'alienating behaviours'.
In our submission, which can be read in full here, we outline our deep concerns with these draft guidelines.
We divide our response into four key sections:
The lack of evidence for ‘alienating behaviours’
The need for proper regulation of expert witnesses in family courts
The use of accusations of ‘alienating behaviours’ to silence and discredit survivors of domestic abuse
The need to centre the voice and rights of the child in court
We conclude that the gravity of the issues, contradictions, and need for clarity outlined in each of our sections in the response, lead us to recommend that the draft guidance be fully redrafted to thoroughly align with existing statutory frameworks.