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Children victims of divorce. Revenge leads to abuse and killings. Figures obtained from judgements, the police, and statistics from Norwegian criminal police (Kripos) by VG show 33 children under 15 have been molested or murder in the last ten years as a result of split-ups and divorce. “This tells us some children live in a brutal reality. We don’t have a satisfactory system that brings them to our attention,” says Reidar Hjermann, the Children’s Ombudsman.

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Children victims of divorce

Published on Tuesday, 4th May, 2010 at 12:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Revenge leads to abuse and killings.

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Failures

Figures obtained from judgements, the police, and statistics from Norwegian criminal police (Kripos) by VG show 33 children under 15 have been molested or murder in the last ten years as a result of split-ups and divorce.

“This tells us some children live in a brutal reality. We don’t have a satisfactory system that brings them to our attention,” says Reidar Hjermann, the Children’s Ombudsman.

27 children have been killed by their parents, whilst six children died of their injuries after being severely maltreated.

“There have been adults who never reported cases of children they knew were living with violence. We know cooperation between the Child Welfare Service (Barnevern), police, GPs, dentists, health nurses, schools and kindergartens often didn’t function well enough.

A burden

The statistics show most child murders have been committed by men. Biological fathers account for 23 cases where children have been abused to death, or killed.

International research has also backed this up, according to the paper. It happens in cases where fathers have often wanted to commit suicide, and don’t wish the family to remain.

“We find divorce is stressful for children, and we know some turn it into a warzone where children are present. It’s immensely harmful for children,” Hjermann says.

He goes on to tell VG they had no idea that so many parents killed their children when they got divorced.

Pawns

Grethe Nordhelle, a lawyer and psychologist who works with post-divorve conflict, says parents can go as far as murdering their own children in cases where there’s been a bitter divorce battle, just to punish the other partner.

“Children become a pawn in the battle. Some people think “if I don’t get the child, then neither will the other one”. Taking the life of someone the other partner loves the most is the absolute worst way you can hit them,” she says.



Published on Tuesday, 4th May, 2010 at 12:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: children, divorce, abuse, murder, partner, suicide, men, statistics, police, judgements, kripos, criminal, conflict, management, childrens, ombudsman, reidar, hjermann.





  
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