What the story or what the court would prefer to be a non story around Samantha Baldwin has thrown up is the flaws in the system.
The family court has not exactly done it's credibility an awful lot of good by issuing a short statement, then gagging people , including apparently ordering the taking down of a Just Giving page set up to provide funds for legal representation for Samantha.
Considerable numbers of people have been grumbling and protesting about the decisions of the court for years. They are divided factions, father's groups, domestic violence campaigners, alienated parents are a few that spring immediately to mind. All see the system as unfair, and moan about what is allowed as evidence. The problem is unlike criminal courts, judges decide the case just on the balance of probabilities. There is an article here by the barrister Sarah Phillimore explaining the difference between the burden of proof in civil and criminal cases.
I personally feel that if the standard of proof was that of the criminal court, there would be considerably less miscarriages of justice and as a bonus apart from revising legislation it would not actually cost the already stretched public services any money.
If you agree please sign this petition , which I have found.
Another cause close to my heart, is the taking of children from a parent who is domestic violence victims. I do understand that seeing abuse of the parent is emotionally harming to the child, however the person who is being abused is not able to prevent it. They are as helpless as someone who has been mugged by a stranger. I was not aware that I was a victim, not because there was not abuse, I did not have a label for myself. Woman , only become fully aware of what has happened by talking to other victims and working out the pattern for themselves. Firstly they and their children need to be safe and supported.They need a comfort blanket not a sledgehammer of their children being removed from them for daring to speak out.
Once again if you agree ( and you are welcome to disagree) please sign this
I know I have wittered on about the problems from a parent's perspective , if anyone from the inside of the "system" , police officer, social worker, lawyer etc, wishes to put their perspective of what needs to change I would welcome any posts, It can be posted anonymously, if that makes it easier for you to speak out.