stop courts from re-victimizing families !
  • Petitioned Judge Linda Fitnick, Govenor Duvall Patrick , and Richard Neal

This petition was delivered to:

probate court in Northampton Massachusetts 33 King st.
Judge Linda Fitnick, Govenor Duvall Patrick , and Richard Neal

stop courts from re-victimizing families !

    1. j k
    2. Petition by

      j k

      south hadley, MA

The constant harassment that comes from an abuser, taking their victims to court over and over again, has a direct toll on the families that are trying to rebuild. There seems to be very limited financial assistance or support for victims of abuse and their children. It seems however, that the abuser always has funding to repeatedly harass their victims through our 'legal system'. Why can people abuse their partners and their children and then be allowed to legally fight them in court for rights that they should have to earn back?        

  We need to make sure that a victim of abuse and their children have representation every time in court. If safty is such a concern for children and their mothers from abusers that they need to go to a shelter , then why are they left to there own divices in a court setting? If I shot someone I would have a court appionted lawyer, If I assulted my partner I would have a court appointed lawyer. But when protecting victims in court from abusers- we are on our own! sounds backwards to me.All I want is the right to feel equal in front of our courts. To feel like I have rights. Where in our constitution does it say if you have money you can have rights? just becuase I am unable to hire an attorney should not impact my rights under the constitution! I need help with my current court case involving the father of my children.I was asked to be more specific about what I wanted and not so vague about my goal ,so, I guess I need support with not being equally represented in court. I don't want to loose my kids to a man who caused them harm. So , PLEASE HELP BY SIGNING MY PETITION.

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    1. D.C.F. is keeping my kids!

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      I have been lied to be so many people at this point that I feel like my head is going to spin off. I have contacted other agencies trying to receive help , but it seems that everyone has there own agenda. Don't these others realize that if we combine efforts it only makes us stronger. The state said that although I did not cause the harm to my children ,I was responsible for it because I did not stop it. If that is the case then any mother out there better beware that if your child gets harmed at all even if you do not know about it , you will and can loose your kids. Problem with this is that they knew about his abuse and choose to screen out all of the reports filed against dad until the court started looking at what was going on.....too late ! I need something good to come from this, I want Riley and Holly to be happy and well but does this have to happen by taking there mommy away. Why does the state make such a decision and think it is for the best interest of my family.

    2. kids are still not home

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      Finally the wheels of justice are spinning . Very slowly, but still at least they have started to move. I may not get apologies from the court, D.C.F. or the town of Ware but I may finally have a resolution with all of this court harassment that has kept my children and I from going on with our lives.He has caused a great amount of harm both physically as well as emotionally, but I feel the most damage was done by failure in the court to protect the kids and the lack of support by state agencies. There father has not been held accountable for not one thing he did to the children nor myself, but if I can stop him from having the opportunity to cause more harm then that is a silver lining in a very tarnished system.

    3. SAD!!!

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      I miss my kids so much! All I want for Christmas is to have them home! I wish that dreams came true cause I could really use a moment of joy!

    4. Thanksgiving

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      today I am thankful for my children and my health. But I can not hug or spend this day with them. They will spend this holiday with strangers. not family. I want everyone that reads this to hold there little ones a bit tighter this day , because you never know when your legal system will do something so horrible that you are unable to hold, smile and laugh with your babies. I will be spending this holiday season without my babies. The court has custody of them and I have been told that unless I can stop there father from continuously taking this in to a court room for custody that they will retain there custody of them . They said that all of the stress and chaos from the court proceedings were too much for my children. Not once have they suggested that I harmed them physically, or deprived them of any thing they need. But because I can not , or will not give there father something that would cause them harm I am being kept from them ! I miss my babies and need a miracle!

    5. still no justice!

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      The district attorney , D.C.F. and the state police all agreed that the kids dad should not have any contact with the kids, but as of yet the court has not issued an order. I see my kids once a week , Putting the kids in state custody was hard and I have been asked a lot of questions as to why they are there. All I can say is that if probate court were doing what was in my kids best interest, then they would be protected from the person who harmed them and there mom, and not be put somewhere that is away from there mom in order for them to remain away from there dad.... This is not fair and Christmas is coming. The thought of them not being here for the season is killing me, but if it means not being left alone with him then I have no other option until the courts finally do what is right for the kids!!!

    6. back to court

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      If you can believe this, The only way to keep my daughter from dad was to volunteer to give custody to the state to keep him from using the courts to cause even more harm. This is crazy that the system that knows about the d.v. in our home would allow this to continue because he can afford to continue this in the courts!I do not think that a foster home is a very good placement for my kids and do not fully trust d.c.f. to truly help, but I have been backed into a corner and it appears as though these kids need to be kept safe , and unfortunately , because I can not afford an attorney to fight there dad I can not insure there safety within the court system. That is what it has come down to. the state having custody to keep the focus off me and place the KIDS best interests at hand, NOT what mommy did or didn't do and what daddy is willing to pay for to keep this assault going. SAD,SAD,VERY SAD.

    7. my son

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      I have not seen my son since september 10th and the court and d.c.f. are telling me that I need to contact the court appointed lawyer that will not return any of my calls. This is nuts, never have I abused my kids. the only thing I did wrong was not having money to hire an attorney to fight there father from repeatedlybringing me to court . I wonder if I am a risk to my son due to not keeping my home stress free and keeping his fathers constant harrassment from affecting our lives, then, why are my two girls still here? makes me wonder what is really going on!

    8. Reached 50 signatures
    9. you tube

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      just finished watching a two part video on you tube that Collin Fischer sent me . I actually began to get sick to my stomach , there really is nothing I can do. this is business as usual in the courts! If everyone knows that it is wrong then what the hell is every woman and child not standing in front of these court houses protesting? it's not like we are afraid of there reaction cause it seems like that's a given no matter how we are !LETS START A MOVEMENT AND STOP ALLOWING OUR COURTS TO USE US LIKE WE ARE MATS!!!

    10. UN-supervised visits for my daughter with her dad!

      j k
      by j k
      Petition Organizer

      I have been told that I have no right to know where her dad takes her for visits!Or who he chooses to bring with him. problem is that we had to leave our home to escape his violence and three years later everyone is forgetting about the past but my kids and I .This judge has put my kids in a very dangerous situation.and the wait and see approach is not what I am willing to deal with. I have no agency to stop the visits and while he is being watched he will be very well behaved, but what happens when he realizes that I have no one to hold him accountable for his behavior or actions around our kids! how can I drop off her and not worry? Why is it that he is allowed to see her after what he did. So what I don't have an attorney, that should not blind a judges JUDGMENT!!!! I have one kid that has been placed in a program to help with the trauma, one that tried hanging herself and another that abuses animals to manage her anger about her past! this is nuts that the control won't stop!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanne Barnes NORTHLAKE, IL
      • 12 months ago

      This is important to me because it happened to me and to my children -- they, however, were placed with our abuser 5 years ago.

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    • cheryl le pine SEASIDE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      after a fight with my boyfriend, i tryed to ask the judge to lift the restraining order we had a mandatory one place at the time of the incident. I need to be able to talk to him our daughter is starting early intervention for autism. He loves her, the judge placed a 10 year restraining order and i dont know why. My boyfriend has to serve 6 years but our daughter while me her mother publicly humiliated by the district attorney victims advocacy and the judge, served me and my baby to 10 year restraining order not to be able to talk to him. He is guilty he begged for help was accepted into rehab seen by a psychiatrist opinion for rehab not prison, denied by a judge and served him 6 years and my daughter to be without a father for 10. He loves her, we are a family that lost everything because of his drug problem and now that he is clean not allowed to contact for 10 years no 1/2 time good behavior 10 years. Unlike some men he loves his baby and wants to be in her life but a judge decided in less than 30 seconds no.

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    • Michelle Yaiva ZUNI, NM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have been re-victimized by our courts as well please sign my petition against The Phoenix Municipal Courts. Thank you.

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    • Collin Fischer BRIDGEPORT, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Domestic abusers are supported by our current family courts. End the sham!

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    • Merrie Welch YPSILANTI, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      My abusive ex husband is using the courts to continue to harass and control me and my son. He is a sociopath, pedophile and batterer.

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