Robert Stout is an electrician, not an expert on child welfare. But he knew something wasn’t right when he saw a young boy lying in a fetal position on the bedroom floor during a 2008 service call to a Colorado Springs townhouse.

The boy’s eyes were open, but he was motionless. The room reeked of urine.

He called police about an hour after leaving the house, and an officer went out that day.

It would be another 17 months before the 14-year-old boy was removed from the home. Another few months would go by before his five sisters, also showing signs of neglect, were taken from the home and put in foster care.
BarbaraFarrisThe following summaries are a few selected samples of real California Family Law cases (catogorized by county), in which children are taken away from safe parents, and forced to live with abusive parents. Is this because the abuser is offered money to film his sexual abuse against the child so the judicial system gets a kick back. All involved would be local police, judges, children services, attorneys and even medical examinars.

You decide after reading the following, is 8 billion a year worth this type of corruption.
Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, scientists said on Monday.

In a study in the journal Current Biology, researchers used brain scans to explore the impact of physical abuse or domestic violence on children's emotional development and found that exposure to it was linked to increased activity in two brain areas when children were shown pictures of angry faces.

Previous studies that scanned the brains of soldiers exposed to violent combat situations showed the same pattern of heightened activity in these two brain areas -- the anterior insula and the amygdala -- which experts say are associated with detecting potential threats.

This suggests that both maltreated children and soldiers may have adapted to become "hyper-aware" of danger in their environment, the researchers said.

Angels, this may sound familiar to many of you...

To the Editor:

On Feb. 12, 2011, Jason Laday wrote: “Woman: Reduced alimony made me homeless.”
Most family law attorneys and others who deal with family case law will recognize the 1996 state Appellate Court decision Milner v Milner. I am that woman!

I am in law books. And since 1996 women in New Jersey who try to become economically self-sufficient and prove they cannot, receive permanent alimony and move forward to live safe, financially secure lives.

As we mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, I have heard arguments that perhaps too much focus is given to women at the expense of male victims. This, indeed, is a valid argument. However, women are the main victims of this hideous act, often committed by chauvinistic, selfish, domineering men against what they perceive as the ‘’weaker sex’’ who can be intimidated and abused!

A New South Wales program that relocates perpetrators of domestic violence rather than their victims is being expanded.

The Staying Home Leaving Violence scheme is already in place in 18 domestic violence hotspots around the state.

The State Government has now provided an extra $2.5 million over two years to roll the program out to Cessnock, Gosford, Tamworth, Parramatta and Holroyd.

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward says the scheme sends a powerful message.

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