How the Traditional Approach to Domestic Abuse Is Endangering Children

Join Karen Woodall, authority on parental alienation and family reunification


Day and Time: Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM.
Location: Lash Miller Chemical Labs (LM) Room 161,
University of Toronto | 80 St. George St., Toronto, M5S 3H4

The traditional model of domestic abuse is deeply flawed. Scholarly research is clear that men and women are equally likely to be victims of domestic abuse. But now social scientists are sounding the alarm that domestic abuse may be more a generational issue than a gendered issue.

That’s due to parental alienation. A parent commits domestic abuse when they use coercive power and control over their child, through physical, emotional or psychological means, in order to hurt that child’s relationship with his or her other parent, often in the context of family break-up.

This serious dysfunction severely affects a child’s development and transmits intergenerational trauma. But once we recognize the problem, we can take steps to protect children and break the cycle of abuse.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Karen Woodall is lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic in London, UK, where she works to reunite children and parents. She is a world authority on parental alienation and expert witness in cases where children reject a parent. She is co-founder of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners. She writes for the Huffington Post on the Psychology of everyday living.

This event is hosted by the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society and sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality