Family violence is an epidemic in the United States; it is critical that there are laws in place to aid the victims and prevent further violence. Every act of violence has lasting effects on the children. A few of these effects are: fear, embarrassment, nightmares, depression, anxiety, etc. It is imperative that if any act of violence is suspected that the suspected abuser not be allowed to have unsupervised visits with the children involved.
Statistics show that between 50 and 70% of abusers also abuse the children. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics there were 575 children age 5 and under murdered in 2005 and over half of those were murdered by one of their parents. Furthermore, there are over 350,000 children abducted by a parent while they are separated from them thus, adding to the stress of the child.
Due to the current epidemic and the increased risk to children at their parent’s hands it is critical that changes be made to the Supervised Visitation laws to ensure that everything is being done to protect our children. A few things that need to be done to ensure the safety of all involved are: visitation to take place at a natural location, staggered arrival and departure times for the adults involved, vigilant supervision, with a ratio of 1 supervisor to each family.
Despite the trauma children suffer they are loyal to their parents. Children might feel torn between those involved. Despite the loyalty a child feels, a child should NEVER be forced to participate in the visit. Forcing a child to participate could cause further damage to the child.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL AND STATE OFFICES AND DEMAND CHANGE IN HONOR OF CHARLIE & BRADEN POWELL.
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REST IN PEACE CHARLIE & BRADEN