WRITE TO YOUR MP TO ENSURE PARENTS WITH A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE ARE NOT GRANTED AUTOMATIC ACCESS TO THEIR CHILDREN.
Whilst we confess to not being huge fans of The Sunday Mirror here at Making Herstory, even we have to admit that every so often, they create a movement worth supporting! Their latest campaign sees them joining forces with Refuge to launch a brand new and crucial call to parliament to help save children subjected to the terror and threat to safety posed by a violent parent.
The ‘Save Kids from Violent Parents’ campaign follows a nine-month probe carried out by the tabloid which tragically found that 63 children had been killed by their own parents from 2004 onwards.
The data further confirmed that out of the 63 children killed, 52 had been killed by fathers known to authorities for domestic abuse, and a further seven children had been killed by both parents in cases where the fathers had similar histories.
All children had parents who were known to either police, social workers or family courts for being violent, and who had been warned by wider family members about the dangers they posed.
Yet despite the evident threats to life, courts and authorities still permitted violent individuals rights of access to their vulnerable children.
The campaign is now calling for an amendment to the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill to ensure that all parents and carers convicted of violent crimes, child abuse or sexual offences, and known to the authorities, do not have automatic access to their children.
Supported by the Shadow Home Office minister Carolyn Harris, the amendment to the Government’s domestic abuse bill has been tabled in response to the newspaper’s investigation.
*** SINCE THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED, DUE TO THE PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT BY PM BORIS JOHNSON, THE DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL HAS NOW BEEN STALLED. ***