Misconceptions About the Family Courts

“Why do abusive men turn up disproportionately in custody disputes? First, abusive men don’t do well at separating their own needs from those of their children, so they don’t consider how injurious it could be for the children to be taken away from the primary care of their mother, where they feel secure. Second, the abusive man is focused on power and control, and may ignore the harm he causes the children in his desperate race to settle old scores. And his lack of respect for the mother’s humanity, a centerpin of the abusive mentality, can permit him to believe that she is the one who will harm the children, not him. Occasionally, the abusive man’s main reason for seeking custody seems to be a desire to avoid having to pay child support.”
-Lundy Bancroft



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