Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Push to change custody laws: What’s best for kids? | 89.3 KPCC

The problem is that it is often the offending parent… the one who really wants to hurt the other, who can change everything by just a few carefully worded statements that invoke the domestic violence statutes.  Once you have run afoul of that, you are screwed.  It is an unholy situation brought about by some really man hating people over the last 25 years.

Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, if not more. But when couples divorce and a custody dispute hits the courts, too many judges award custody to mom, according fathers’ rights groups.

Ned Holstein, head of the National Parents Organization, formerly called Fathers and Families, says research shows that children do better academically and emotionally when they see a lot of each parent.

“We believe family courts are actively hurting kids,” by not awarding joint custody more often, says Holstein. The best legislation, he says, favors joint custody, so long as both parents are fit and there’s been no domestic violence.

via Push to change custody laws: What’s best for kids? | 89.3 KPCC.


Florida Fathers’ Rights Update: Legal Reforms for False Abuse Claims? – U.S. Politics Today – News Media Monitoring

Most fathers new to the divorce scene have no clue as to just how precarious their relationship with their own children really is.  It can be stripped from them by the stroke of a judges pen, just because mommy checked some little box on a form that said there was abuse in the home.  They don’t get that the assumption is that it is the father who is guilty of abuse, when as often as not, it is in fact the mother herself who is really the abusive and manipulative one.

Advocates explain that the leverage gained by a divorcing spouse who falsely accuses her spouse of abusing children or herself leads to a denial of due legal process to the victim of those lies.

September 04, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — The divorce process presents tremendous challenges for spouses who face questions about parental fitness or financial improprieties. One issue frequently raised by a spouse is serious accusations of domestic violence followed by petitions for restraining orders. Even if the abuse claim is shown to have been backed by false accusations, tremendous damage to an innocent person’s reputation may have already occurred.

Because spousal or child abuse claims are most frequently leveled against husbands by wives, fathers’ rights groups have sought help from Florida legislators to create legal consequences for those make false accusations in divorce cases. Advocates explain that the leverage gained by a spouse who falsely accuses her spouse of abusing children or herself leads to a denial of due legal process to the victim of those lies.

One national model for reform is the Partner Violence Reduction Act, which seeks to better distinguish the consequences of an allegation from a judicial finding, while making existing domestic violence laws more gender-inclusive. The most important goal seen by many is reducing the incentive for abuse of the legal process, because too many participants in family law disputes recognize that such allegations can be particularly powerful in the divorce context.

via Florida Fathers’ Rights Update: Legal Reforms for False Abuse Claims? – U.S. Politics Today – News Media Monitoring.


Hope at last for joint-custody legislation |

The problem with this article, and with all these so called joint custody bills is this provision for exceptions in the case of domestic violence.  This would be fine if it weren’t so easy to lie and create a domestic violence allegation that is treated as if it were true.  It is a weapon that is commonly used in many divorces in order to obviate any chance at joint custody.

“We want to make sure we understand all the nuance, so that in the bill we clarify as many of those things as possible to avoid additional conflict for divorcing couples.”

One key concern is domestic violence, which the bill addresses head-on. “Every bill we’ve introduced makes domestic abuse an exception,” Olson has said numerous times. “No, you don’t qualify for shared parenting in that case.”

via Backer sees hope at last for joint-custody legislation |


Government Abducts Newborn Daughter From U.S. Federal Resistors

A few readers may be shocked at this week’s headlines “Government officials remove couple’s newborn baby due to father’s involvement with anti-totalitarian group.” A few, but probably not many of us.

Oath Keepers

When people espouse beliefs not in line with Federal goals it may be time to start impressing children’s minds before they get to public schools. Younger is better according to New Hampshire, where a couple’s newborn baby was taken from them by officials because the father is involved with a group opposed to government suppression.

New parents Stephanie and Johnathan say their child was taken from them and placed into public care solely because the baby’s father Johnathan Irish has links to a Constitutionalist organization known as the ‘Oath Keepers’.

A state official has however cited domestic violence and child abuse allegations as the reason for the abduction.

Parents in this case however, deny allegations. On Friday they staged a demonstration outside Concord Hospital, a public protest at their child being removed from their care just hours after her birth.

Stephanie and Johnathan were joined by demonstrators rallying against what they termed the state’s unconstitutional interference in a family matter.

Oath Keepers is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 which advocates that its members uphold the U.S. Constitution and when necessary resist unconstitutional actions of the government.

Mr Irish claims police officers and state officials took his daughter away on Wednesday because of his involvement in the group.

The Division for Children, Youth and Families, however, said the authorities took the child away because the father has a record of violence and abuse.

According to the statement, a judge decided action should be taken given the ‘lengthy history of domestic violence’ between the parents. They did not state what that was, only that their documents say the mother has “failed to recognize the impact of domestic violence in her life and the potential danger it poses to a newborn baby”, while Mr Irish had ‘not acknowledged any responsibility to date and remains a significant safety risk to an infant in his care… Without the intervention of the court, the infant will be at risk of harm’. Court papers referenced, “The Oath Keepers,” described as a ‘militia’, and the fact Mr Irish had a number of run-ins with Epsom police over firearms.

via Government Abducts Newborn Daughter From U.S. Federal Resistors.


Human Rights or Wrongs? by Stephen Baskerville

The ideological war against fathers is really obvious here. This is from a recent article by Stephen Baskerville:

…it is sad to see the group squander their credibility. Amnesty has been so captured by political ideology that, far from defending human rights, they have become advocates for violating them.

The latest example comes from Sweden, where Amnesty is no longer fighting for political prisoners but instead advocates for authoritarian ideology. Amnesty sponsored a film competition, but when some finalists produced a film that angered feminists, the film was pulled from Amnesty’s YouTube site. Amnesty denies that pressure from an Uppsala women’s shelter was responsible for suppressing the film, but the shelter itself is gloating about its political clout.

The film, created by four high school students and titled, The Right To Be a Father, is a powerful depiction of how children are taken from their fathers by Sweden’s feminist family courts. Separating children from their fathers is not only a bedrock principle of the war against “patriarchy,” but also the bread-and-butter of the lucrative child custody industry, so it is not surprising that the sisterhood would come down hard on the heresy that feminists violate human rights.The film was nominated for the final stage of the competition. Amnesty posted it on YouTube, and the creators were invited to the film gala in Gothenburg. “But our film was never shown at the festival, and the day after it also disappeared from Amnesty's YouTube channel,” says Sara Sivesson, one of the creators. Further, the students claim they obtained an email from the Uppsala feminists bragging, “Thanks to the protests Amnesty did not show the film at the festival and they also dropped it from their website.”

via Human Rights or Wrongs? by Stephen Baskerville.


Fathers legitimately frustrated, not ‘angry’ |

Rather than the term “angry” men, one could depict fathers as frustrated with the lack of progress on issues related to fatherhood and the raising of their children. Parents will often take lesser roles to spend time with their children. Parents take hiatuses from work to spend more time with their kids. So why, when you get separated or divorced, does one go from a parent to a “visitor,” especially if you are a dad? One should not.


The writer of this opinion piece has some really good points.  The opposition to shared parenting is really fierce from the Trial Lawyers, domestic violence advocates, women’s advocates and the like.  Everybody says dads should be part of a child’s life, but all that means to these people is that he lay down and have his wallet bled dry while being fine with being less and less a part of his children’s lives.

via YOUR VIEW: Fathers legitimately frustrated, not ‘angry’ |


Exposing Abuse at Abuse Shelters

A member of the board of directors from a chain of abuse shelters contacted us last week. They brought forth a total of 187 current and former employees who are willing to testify to the abuses of shelter residents, falsification of funding requests, embezzlement, padding of resident numbers, sexual harassment of residents, and others throughout a chain of abuse shelters in Florida. We can not disclose the name or location (beyond the state) of this chain of shelters.

The witnesses said that they can prove every item we exposed in our piece, “Congressional Guidelines for Abusing Women” and more, including specific grants violations under HUD, VAWA, VOCA and others.

 True Equality Network has been requested to manage the deposition of the witness, due to the witnesses’ distrust of the legal system. TEN has agreed to do this. In order to accomplish this project we are going to need to find a few attorneys willing to help depose the witnesses – pro bono, raise money to cover running expenses and set-up a temporary office in Florida to run the operation from (this could be a extended stay suite or the like or a borrowed apartment, home, or office space) for approximately two months. For security reasons the temporary office can not be shared space.

Additionally, the witnesses have requested that we find an investigative reporter to work with them to document this story. We need your help to locate all of the above.

Stay tuned for updates…

Yours truly,
Terri Lynn Tersak
President & C.E.O.
True Equality Network
member – Affiliate
R.A.D.A.R.: Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting
P.O. Box 14214
Research Triangle Park NC 27709


Obama dissing dads on fathers day

Barack Obama’s recent call for responsible fatherhood is welcome, overdue — and misleadingly incomplete.

That America’s fathers need to embrace their most important role is no secret. Activist fathers have been trying to make the same claim for decades, without much success.

Not all fathers are trying to be good dads, it goes without saying. But neither are all absent by choice, as Obama’s message implied. Continue reading Obama dissing dads on fathers day


Five Myths about No-Fault Divorce

by Stephen Baskerville
Source   6/03/08

Almost four decades after the “no-fault” divorce revolution began in California, misconceptions abound. Even the many books about divorce, including myriad self-help manuals, are full of inaccurate and misleading information. No public debate preceded the introduction of no-fault divorce laws in the 1970s, and no debate has taken place since.


Yet divorce-on-demand is exacting a devastating toll on our children, our social order, our economy, and even our constitutional rights. A recentstudy estimates the financial cost of divorce to taxpayers at $112 billion annually. Recent demands to legitimize same-sex marriage almost certainly follow from the divorce revolution, since gay activists readily acknowledge that they only desire to marry under the loosened terms that have resulted from the new divorce laws. Divorce also contributes to a dangerous increase in the power of the state over private life.


Here are some of the most common clichés and misconceptions about modern divorce, along with the facts. Continue reading Five Myths about No-Fault Divorce


NY proposes GPS monitors for anyone with a protective order against them

New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza, R, District 24 (Staten Island), has introduced Senate Bill S4796, which, if passed into law, would require that anyone who has had an order of protection issued against them must wear at all times a GPS monitoring/tracking device.  Further, tampering with and/or disabeling the device would constitute a Class E Felony.  “Justification” for the measure is the puported “need to put more teeth into orders of protection in order for them to mean more than just a piece of paper”.

New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D, District 51 (Kings County/Brooklyn) has introduced a “same as” bill in the Assemby, A5424.

Each bill proposal is currently in the Codes Committee of its respective chamber.  Both are said to have broad bi-partisan support in each house of the Legislature.

This legislative insanity should send ice water surging through the veins of anyone who has ever had the dubious pleasure of having experienced the Kafkaesque world of the restraining order.  Simply put, it means that anyone – whether guilty … or totally innocent – accused of domestic abuse will be put under police surveillance 24/7 via an electronic monitoring/tracking device, with no due process, no, trial, no recourse, and no remedial and/or statutory protections. Continue reading NY proposes GPS monitors for anyone with a protective order against them