SMP Law – Parental Alienation and Intimate Partner Violence

Parental Alienation Should Not Be Confused with Intimate Partner Violence


As the term “parental alienation” is gaining popularity in the court system, it is becoming more and more important to ensure that the term does not mask intimate partner violence (IPV). Unfortunately, the defense to a parental alienation allegation can sometimes be misused to draw attention away from IPV, with detrimental results for families and children experiencing IPV.


Survivors of IPV continue to face challenges with being believed about the violence they have experienced or have it minimized or dismissed, and have it ignored due to the misguided belief that it is “an adult issue”. IPV is not just an adult issue and can have serious consequences for children, one of which can be the estrangement from the abusive parent.


For more information about the realistic estrangement of children from parents, see our post “What is the Difference Between Parental Alienation and Realistic Estrangement?”.


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