The
Fatherhood
Coalition
For Immediate Release

Fathers to Protest Court Domestic Violence Training


Visit GAL Protest Central for much more information.

BOSTON, April 14, 2003 – Fathers who insist that they are the victims of a double standard in the adjudication of divorce and child custody cases will have an opportunity to have their voices heard tomorrow.

CPF/The Fatherhood Coalition, a statewide organization that advocates for fathers' rights, is protesting a mandatory domestic violence training program for the state's guardian ad litems (GALs). Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) is hosting the training for the state's GALS, the people appointed by the courts, usually attorneys or social workers, to investigate parents in contested child custody cases.

The protest is to be held at MCLE, 10 Winter Place, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fathers and supporters of fathers' rights are expected from across the state.

In response to the training, the Fatherhood Coalition is calling for all fathers entering contested custody battles to refuse to participate in GAL investigations.

According to Spokesman Mark Charalambous, the GAL investigation and its recommendations for custody provide the path of least resistance for judges and a legal system that relegate fathers to the role of noncustodial parents.


"Allegations of domestic violence in divorce provide a risk-free mechanism for guaranteeing sole custody for a mother willing to 'play the abuse card.' GALs are notorious for validating women's claims of abuse and dismissing men's claims of female domestic violence."

- Mark Charalambous, Spokesman


"Allegations of domestic violence in divorce provide a risk-free mechanism for guaranteeing sole custody for a mother willing to 'play the abuse card.' GALs are notorious for validating women's claims of abuse and dismissing men's claims of female domestic violence," he said.

This domestic violence training comes on the heels of a legislative report from the Committee on Post Audit and Oversight on GALs done in 2001 that exemplified these biases. The report recommended uniform domestic violence training for all GALs.

Lacking the proper training in the dynamics of domestic violence, the GALs are supposedly producing flawed reports that presumably favor fathers and that don't properly account for female victim's trauma. Fathers obtain physical custody of their children in a miniscule fraction of all family breakups statewide.

The report was awash with examples of how naive GALs were manipulated by deceptive violent fathers and how they failed to properly modify the psychological test scores of alleged battered women. That women might lie about domestic abuse/violence during a divorce was nowhere considered in the report.

The Coalition's criticisms of GALs and the investigative process was highlighted in an open letter to GALs, released today:

"Domestic violence training is junk science. The Wellesley 'Speak Out' study, which discovered that the courts are violating the human rights of battered women by giving custody of their children to their batterer husbands, is an example of junk science in its purest form."

The letter attacks the culture of the domestic violence industry that produces such training curriculums:

"You exist in an environment that employs the most flagrant double standard since slavery. Your anti-male, pro-female bias is a virtual cartoon of profiling. Yet still... it's not enough. Still, you seek more ways to discriminate against and persecute the fathers that fall into your domain.

"We hold you to be hopelessly corrupted by anti-male propaganda driven by junk science and 'creative feminist sociology' that renders you incapable of ever having a balanced, healthy and nuanced understanding of male-female relations."

"An open letter to GALs" is available online:

www.fatherhoodcoalition.org/cpf/2003/GAL_open_letter.htm

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Visit GAL Protest Central on the Fatherhood Coalition web site for much more information: www.fatherhoodcoalition.org/cpf/2003/GAL_protest_index.htm

For further information, contact:

Mark Charalambous
CPF Spokesman
brontis@thecia.net
(978) 840-0268

Joe Ureneck
Event Coordinator
shouhu@att.net
(617) 436-0320

Mike Franco
CPF Co-chairman
mv-franco@juno.com
(413) 295-DADS

CPF / The Fatherhood Coalition
617-723-DADS

A non-profit, all volunteer organization of men and women advocating for fatherhood since 1994


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