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Report Calls Costs of Children's Exposure to Violence 'Astronomical'

December 12, 2012 11:05:58 am
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Calling the financial and personal costs of children’s exposure to violence “astronomical,” Attorney General Eric Holder's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence released 56 policy recommendations today to combat this “epidemic.”

The recommendations are based on comments gathered from public hearings held during the last year in Baltimore, Albuquerque, Miami and Detroit.

The report highlights the importance of identifying children who are victims or witnesses of violence — especially polyvictims, who have been exposed to multiple types of violence — and providing services to help them heal.

The task force recommends developing programs to help children access supportive, non-violent relationships, with adults in their communities. In addition, the report calls for the juvenile justice system to screen children for exposure to violence.

The report stresses the potential harm caused by exposure to violence over the course of a person’s lifetime.

“The financial burden on other public systems, including child welfare, social services, law enforcement, juvenile justice, and, in particular, education, is staggering when combined with the loss of productivity over children’s lifetimes,” the task force said in its report.

Read the full report HERE.

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Posted by Tammy
Monday, June 03, 2013 09:23

I would like to know what he is going to do about getting children out of the hands of their abusers and back with the parent who has no record of violence, drugs, mental issues, neglect, alcohol etc. We want our children back! I have always had a very close and loving relationship with my two children and they had been with me their entire lives. Sadly they were taken by force two years ago at their terminally ill grandmother’s home in Ohio when I relocated to help care for her. My son lie under the bed, begging, crying and pleading with the two sheriffs to not make him go to his step-mother’s and father’s home in Florida. My daughter was holding on to me crying as they threatened to pull her out of my arms as they feared the torment I sought to protect them from for years. I have no record of drugs, neglect, abuse, alcohol or mental issues. I have not been allowed to see my children in over two years or been allowed any contact whatsoever.

    I had a restraining order against my children’s step mother, due to her violence. She works for the court as a Gardian Ad Litem in Palm Beach County. It’s obvious to me that Judge Phillips professional relationship with my children’s stepmother is just one of several bias reasons behind the fact that I have not been allowed to see or have any communication with my children whatsoever.


    Both of my children have been victims of substantial abuse for several years by my ex-husband and their stepmother. When I moved out of state, with my ex-husband’s permission, we jointly and mutually agreed to a relocation agreement. One of the caveats’ was that I give up child support and follow the standard out of state “time sharing” schedule. The proposal was more than fair since my ex-husband was only allowed supervised visits just prior to the move. Unfortunately my ex-husband’s abusive behavior continued when he came for his visitation in our new location. The children were frightened and horrified at times by his violent behavior. The police were called. I voluntarily had them interview the children and the police agreed they could be in danger.


    I was then offered a job in a third state where the cost of living was lower. This was beneficial to a single parent raising two children with no support. I did notify my ex-husband and his attorney and presumed they had no objection. I now realize perhaps I tried to consult with an attorney but was turned down for free legal representation because it was an “out of state” case and I couldn’t afford an attorney.


    I enrolled my children in counseling and therapy and tried to work with him to build a relationship. We agreed that my children and their stepmother would take them to Florida during the spring break visitation. The children came back from that visitation even more disturbed than the prior visitation. I called my ex-husband to discuss what the children had told me. He threatened my life.


    In order to protect my family I requested and received a protective order by the judge (in that third state) after she spoke to the children herself in private chambers and listened to the threatening message.


    At that time my mother had a serious medical emergency and was placed in ICU. I felt obligated to move to yet another state, where my mother was recuperating. I tried to retain an attorney at Legal Aid but they refused my case. I did, however, consult with Social Services in that area, and they advised me to go, in order to protect the children. That same judge also knew I was moving to take care of my mother—I had told her that at a hearing, in case I couldn’t make it back for the “final” hearing. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it back to the final hearing so the matter was dismissed, even though I had consulted with an attorney at Legal Aid.


    Two days later, in my mother’s state, two police officers appeared at my home and removed the children and transported them back to my ex-husband and their stepmother. This was based on Judge Phillips’ latest order, which restricts me from seeing or even contacting my children in any manner.

    Judge Phillips has never even spoken to me or my children. He has disregarded the evidence that supports the reports of abuse (pictures, police reports, therapist reports, protective order, calendar of symptoms, teacher reports etc.) loss of custody etc. and has placed my children in a dangerous environment.

    Knowing that there must have been some corruption and biases involved I soon discovered this same judge has a history of taking children from loving parents and giving them to abusers without allowing evidence.

Please read what the 15th Judicial Circuit in Plam Beach Gardens, Florida is doing to innocent children and how they are placing them in the hands of abusers and indangering their lives.

Posted by Collin Fischer
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 01:10

Thank you for this very important report. However, conspicuously absent is the discussion of the short comings of our family court system that so frequently puts children in the hands of their abusers. I am very glad to see Attorney General Holder’s concern for this issue and his efforts in this regard; I am also grateful for this work.

Please see the Center for Judicial Excellence for an explanation of the ongoing nationwide crisis in our family courts. No effort to reduce domestic violence against children will be truly successful until the injustice in our family courts is addressed.

Posted by portia
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:37

If you read Barry Goldstein’s work it is all there – all the research and the changes needed.
Children are still possessions in our present system and not seen as complete human beings.

Our collective conscience re children and violence has to be looked at and healed as the days when it was good for children to suffer for their sin of being born of wombman are ending.

Posted by portia
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:30

and yet over 80% of perpetrators of domestic terrorism/dv are rewarded with full custody, placing children in danger and rewarding criminals.

What a fine example that is, and of course it makes sure violence continues and lines the pockets of patriarchal system.

Abuse = $$$$$

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