Sunday, June 3, 2012

The definition of domestic violence will be expanded to include emotional manipulation

The definition of domestic violence will be expanded to include emotional manipulation, withholding money and harming the family pet under controversial changes to family law.

The changes, which become law on Thursday, for the first time broaden the definition of violence beyond physical abuse to other damaging actions , including:

  •   Stalking;
  •   Repeated derogatory taunts;
  • Intentionally damaging or destroying property; and
  • Preventing someone having contact with family and friends.

Women's groups argue the changes tip the balance of family law back towards putting the safety of children first, while men's rights groups fear they will rob children of time with both parents.

Under the changes, the Family Court will be required to ask parents if there was abuse or a threat of abuse in the relationship.

No one could deny that this is a good thing, but I have my reservations I would have to agree with Barry Williams on this one.

Barry Williams, president of the Lone Fathers' Association and a key campaigner for the 2006 changes, is concerned that courts will now be too quick to believe allegations of abuse.
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