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A study from The University of Manchester, released in September detailed cases of dozens of children that have been forced into contact with fathers accused of abuse. In all cases, fathers had used a disputed concept in court known as “parental alienation”.

The 45 mothers of the children in the University of Manchester study all reported serious health problems which they believed were linked to the stress of family court proceedings. The BBC has spent months investigating the way the family courts handle domestic violence claims in disputes between parents.

Since the BBC made the MoJ aware of it’s investigation the government is investigating whether further action is needed on “alienation”. The judiciary has also issued new draft guidelines for consultation on handling parental alienation claims in domestic abuse cases – although some experts say they don’t go far enough.