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News and views from The Backbone Collective which advocates for women and children who have experienced violence or abuse and who are enduring further harm from New Zealand's Family Court. 

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Open Letter To The Family Court Review Panel From A Domestic violence Survivor

A domestic violence survivor and Backbone member shares her open letter written to the Family Court Review Panel. While she explains how urgently changes are needed in the Family Court, she articulates her serious concern that the Review is not a safe way for women to share their experiences of the Family Court. Most particularly, the status of the Review means that all submissions are discoverable under the Official information Act (OIA) and this is likely to make survivors fearful of making submissions.

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The 'man' who brought nothing to the relationship other than fists and violence demanded that he be paid for abusing me.

TRUE STORY: A woman's outrage and despair at potentially having to financially reward her ex partner for his violence and abuse to her, her pets and her property throughout their relationship. Even though this man contributed nothing to their relationship except fear and violence he is seeking a huge cash payment from her via the Family Court.

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WHY DOES NZ LAW SCHOOL SUPPORT A DISCREDITED THEORY DESPITE WARNINGS FROM PSYCHOLOGY EXPERTS?

A newly-released MA Thesis on Parental Alienation which was supervised and approved by University of Otago’s Law School in New Zealand got a lot of media attention this week. It is shocking the research got any air time, given that it is based on the concept of PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) which has long been discredited in the US from where it originated.

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TRUE STORY: THE FAMILY COURT MINIMISED THE ABUSE & DANGER AS HE WAS MY EX

TRUE STORY: A mother's fight to keep her child safe cost her $40,000 and exposed an unbelievable Family Court response that she blames in part for NZ’s terrible domestic violence statistics. She shares her story here to  show that the current Family Court system does NOT protect women and children after they leave violence. She is calling for a public outcry against women and children being mistreated in this way.

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Vagina Monologues benefit For Backbone TOMORROW

It is 20 years since Playwright Eve Ensler gave permission to artists to perform her play The Vagina Monologues. Tomorrow's benefit in Auckland on International Women's Day features a star cast, guest speakers MP Jan Logie and Dr Pani Farvid, and 'vagazelled' chocolates donated by Chocolatier Baron Hasselhoff. Organiser The Lady Corp. is donating the proceeds to The Backbone Collective.

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