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The use of Parental Alienation has been a continuous weapon used against non-abusive parents through the Family Court processes. There has been a great deal of conflict and uncertainty on the credibility of Parental Alienation, the waters muddied further by its previous inclusion and subsequent removal in the World Health Organisation classification index. More recently, Parental Alienation has also been a subject of inquiry as part of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System.

Research shows us that the use of Parental Alienation has a disproportionate impact on protective mothers, while it is already widely known and accepted that women are also disproportionately impacted by violence and abuse. Parental Alienation is a very divisive tool which adds another layer to gender-based oppression.

In this workshop we will explore the implications of Parental Alienation for Human Rights, what we already know regarding children’s responses as victims of abuse, as well as the widening legal and global picture.