Parental Alienation is the outcome of emotional manipulation and abuse where a child’s rejection of one or both parents is unjustifiable. Parental alienation is not the same as estrangement where a parent, carer or official, acts to protect their child from one or both parents who are confirmed to be abusive. Parental alienation is the second-worst form of child abuse and is an inhumane and degrading action affecting the child, the target parent(s), the target family and the whole of society.
Sadly in Ireland, because Parental Alienation is not formally and officially recognised or properly addressed yet by TUSLA, the HSE, or Family Courts, many children are suffering Parental Alienation abuse and their basic human right to having two parents in their lives is being denied.
This emotional, psychological and developmental child abuse will be life long and multi-generational.
There is also coercive control which many parents (uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents) endure when they are manipulated via their children and/or obstructed from having any meaningful relationship with, or participation in the children’s lives.