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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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He chose to violently assault me, yet I am the one who ultimately is paying the price. When will NZ take a stand and stop violence towards women?

TRUE STORY: A domestic violence survivor so moved by the current  collective grief and frustration about women being hurt and killed by men writes about her experience of abuse and her ongoing struggle to rebuild her life. She calls on New Zealanders to harness this collective grief, and stop normalising violence and abuse and start changing our attitudes and behaviour towards women.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest Court of all?

TRUE STORY: A former lawyer reflects on her personal experience of New Zealand’s Family Court after she and her children left her abusive ex-husband. Read on to find out what she experienced and why she thinks the current planned review of the Family Court will not work.

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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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