I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mothers commit vast majority of parental murders of children

This data is U.S. sourced but there are similarities in English speaking western democracies. Click on the link below for the source data. Federal Data: Mothers commit vast majority of parental murders of children These data are not blips. The trend is clear over many years that the mother (female) is responsible for the greatest amount of child abuse and child murder in family relationships. How then can it be there is no tax supported DV or emergency shelters for men in Canada; how can it be there are few, if any, (I haven't found any yet) tax supported counseling services for men in marital breakdown in Canada; how can it be woman's groups can tap into such large amounts of tax support to send out propaganda about how vulnerable they are; how can these DV groups spout the invective they do against men when their own clients are the worst perpetrators of abuse to children. How many women are actually in these shelters because of DV; how many are in them for addictions; how many are planning a false ex parte order to nail hubby while he sleeps; how many are in there because they are hiding from legal pursuits of them; how many are "passing through" while traveling. I think an accounting and operational audit of these facilities should be part and parcel of their ability to obtain tax funds. There is no doubt some women are there because they have no recourse and are subject to abuse but it casts a pall over them if many are there for other reasons. They are emergency shelters - so called - for Domestic Violence - at least in terms of the marketing of them to get tax funding. Is there something wrong with our values? Is there something wrong with government largess and what is wrong with us men for laying down and taking this misinformation from groups like the Tennessee DV coalition as described here amongst many others.

Figure 3-3 Victimization Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 Child Maltreatment 2007

Victimization Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 This bar graph breaks the victim population into age groups as follows: Less than 1, 1, 2, 3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–15, and 16–17 and either boy or girl sex. According to this graph, the youngest age group is the most victimized, with a rate of 22.2 boys and 21.5 girls per 1,000 children of the same age and sex group. The oldest children were victimized the least frequently. Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2007This pie chart presents victims by relationship to their perpetrators. More than 80 percent (80.1%) of victims were maltreated by at least one parent. Nearly 40 percent (38.7%) of victims were maltreated by their mother acting on her own.

Note the rate by mom and other is 44.4% while dad and other is 18.8%. The rate by the mother is 2.36 times higher than dad. That is 236% greater. Now how to explain that away to those who believe only men are abusive.MJM

Table 4-5 Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2007 Child Maltreatment 2007
Relationship to Child Child Fatalities
Number Percent
PARENT Blank Cell
Mother 347 27.1
Mother and Other 96 7.5
Father 208 16.3
Father and Other 11 0.9
Mother and Father 232 18.1
NONPARENT Blank Cell
Daycare Staff 24 1.9
Foster Parent (Female Relative) 0 0.0
Foster Parent (Male Relative) 0 0.0
Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 3 0.2
Foster Parent (Unknown Relationship) 3 0.2
Friend or Neighbor 2 0.2
Legal Guardian (Female) 0 0.0
Legal Guardian (Male) 0 0.0
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 52 4.1
Other Professional 2 0.2
Partner of Parent (Female) 4 0.3
Partner of Parent (Male) 35 2.7
Relative (Female) 29 2.3
Relative (Male) 20 1.6
Staff Group Home 2 0.2
Unknown or Missing 210 16.4
Total 1,280 Blank Cell
Percent Blank Cell 100.0

Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2007

This table first lists perpetrator relationships including mother, mother and father, father, mother and other, father and other, female daycare staff, more than one nonparental perpetrator, unknown, etc. In the next column is listed the number of child fatalities from the specified perpetrator. The third column lists the percentage. More than 27 percent (27.1%) of child fatalities were perpetrated by a mother acting alone.

Moms and another are more than twice as likely to kill a child as a dad and another.MJM

Figure 4-2 Fatality Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 Child Maltreatment 2007

Fatality Rates by Age and Sex, 2007

Fatality Rates by Age and Sex, 2007

This bar graph shows two groupings of victims, one for boys and one for girls. Each grouping displays the fatality rates for each sex by age group. The graph indicates that the youngest children have the highest fatality rates for both sexes.

Note boys have the higher death rates.MJM

Some data on child abuse from Child Maltreatment 2006, a report by the Federal Administration for Children & Families...

Figure 4-2 Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2006

Child Maltreatment 2006

Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2006
Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2006 This pie chart indicates that 27.4 percent of child fatalities were perpetrated by the mother acting alone. Such non-parental perpetrators as daycare providers, foster parents, or residential facility staff were responsible for 14.6 percent of fatalities. Leaving aside killings by non-parents or by mothers and fathers acting together, mothers committed a significantly greater number of the parental murders of children.

Figure 3-5 Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2006

Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2006
Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2006 This pie chart shows that 39.9 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 17.6 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.8 percent were abused by both their mother and father. Victims abused by a nonparental perpetrator accounted for 10.0 percent.

Table 4-5 Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2006 Child Maltreatment 2006

Relationship to ChildChild Fatalities
NumberPercent
Mother 28827.4
Mother and Other 12111.5
Father 13813.1
Father and Other 161.5
Mother and Father 23522.4
Female Relative 313.0
Male Relative 171.6
Female Foster Parent (Relative) 00.0
Male Foster Parent (Relative) 00.0
Female Partner of Parent 00.0
Male Partner of Parent 302.9
Female Legal Guardian 10.1
Male Legal Guardian 00.0
Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 50.5
Foster Parent Unknown Relationship 40.4
Staff Group Home 40.4
Daycare Staff 323.0
Other Professional 00.0
Friend or Neighbor 20.2
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 262.5
Unknown or Missing 1009.5
Total 1,050 Blank Cell
Blank Cell Blank Cell 100.0
Based on data from 36 States.
Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2006 This table first lists perpetrator relationships including mother, mother and father, father, mother and other, father and other, female daycare staff, more than one nonparental perpetrator, unknown, etc. In the next column is listed the number of child fatalities from the specified perpetrator. The third column lists the percentage. More than 27 percent (27.4%) of child fatalities were perpetrated by a mother acting alone. The following are data from 2005.

Figure 4-2 Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2005 Child Maltreatment 2005

Figure 4-2
Note the mother (female) again is responsible for the vast majority of deaths of children.

Table 4-5 Perpetrator Relationships of Fatalities, 2005 Child Maltreatment 2005

Blank Cell Child Fatalities
Perpetrator Number Percent
Mother 287 28.5
Mother and Other 104 10.3
Father 159 15.8
Father and Other 16 1.6
Mother and Father 205 20.4
Famale Relative 24 2.4
Male Relative 7 0.7
Female Foster Parent (Relative) 0 0.0
Male Foster Parent (Relative) 0 0.0
Female Partner of Parent 6 0.6
Male Partner of Parent 33 3.3
Female Legal Guardian 1 0.1
Male Legal Guardian 0 0.0
Female Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 5 0.5
Male Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 1 0.1
Female Foster Parent Unknown Relationship 1 0.1
Male Foster Parent Unknown Relationship 0 0.0
Female Staff Group Home 0 0.0
Male Staff Group Home 0 0.0
Female Daycare Staff 20 2.0
Male Daycare Staff 2 0.2
Female Other Professional 0 0.0
Male Other Professional 1 0.1
Female Friend or Neighbor 2 0.2
Male Friend or Neighbor 4 0.4
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 23 2.3
Unknown or Missing 105 10.4
Total 1,006 blank cell
Percent blank cell 100.0
Based on data from 34 States. Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2005 This table first lists perpetrator relationships including mother only, mother and father, father only, mother and other, father and other, female daycare staff, more than one nonparental perpetrator, unknown, etc. In the next column is listed the number of child fatalities from the specified perpetrator. The third column lists the percentage. 28.5 percent of child fatalities were perpetrated by a mother acting alone. "According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new report Child Maltreatment 2004, when one parent is acting without the involvement of the other parent, mothers are almost three times as likely to kill their children as fathers are, and are more than twice as likely to abuse them." Source: Child Maltreatment 2004, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to Figure 4-2 “Perpetrator Relationships of Fatalities, 2004 Child Maltreatment 2004” here, child fatalities perpetrated by mothers or by “mother and other [not father]” comprise 40.6% of all child fatalities. Figure 4-2 also shows that fatalities perpetrated by fathers or by “father and other [not mother]” comprise 15.6% of all child fatalities. According to Figure 3-6 “Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2004 Child Maltreatment 2004,” here child abuse perpetrated by mothers or by “mother and other [not father]” comprise 45.6% of all child abuse. Figure 3-6 also shows that abuse perpetrated by fathers or by “father and other [not mother]” comprise 19.5% of all child abuse.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such BS.

Here is a real study with an actual reference to where the data comes from, and it's not misrepresented.

http://www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2008.pdf

Medical studies estimate that between 1,000 and 1,500 deaths per year in the United States are the result of murder-suicide.
This VPC analysis reveals that in the first half of 2007:

- There were 554 murder-suicide deaths, of which 234 were suicides and 320 were homicides.

- Using these figures, nine murder-suicide events occurred in the United States each week during the study period.

- Of the 234 suicides, 218 were male, 11 were female, and five were of unidentified gender.

- Of the 320 homicides, 227 victims were female and 74 victims were male, and 19 were of an unidentified sex.

- Forty-five of the homicide victims were children and teens less than 18 years of age.

- Forty-four children and teens less than 18 years of age were survivors who witnessed some aspect of the murder-suicide.
By doubling the total number of fatalities during the six-month period for a yearly estimate, there were an estimated 1,108 murder-suicide deaths in 2007.

Most murderers in murder-suicides are male!

In this study, 95 percent of the offenders were male. Other studies analyzing murder-suicide have found that most perpetrators of murder-suicide are male—more
than 90 percent in recent studies of the United States. Another study which only looked at murder-suicides involving couples noted that more than 90 percent were
perpetrated by men. This is consistent with homicides in general, in which 89 percent of homicides are committed by male offenders.However, most homicides
involve male victims killed by male offenders (65 percent), whereas a male victim being specifically targeted by a male offender in a murder-suicide is relatively rare.

Most murder-suicides involve an intimate partner

The most prevalent type of murder-suicide was between two intimate partners,with the man killing his wife or girlfriend. Such events are commonly the result of a
breakdown in the relationship. In this study, 73 percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner. Of these, 94 percent were females killed by their intimate partners.

Anonymous said...

27% is less than one third, and there seem to be a lot of details missing, like how mothers are BLAMED for all injuries to the child by accusing failure to protect, even where the abuse is committed solely by the father.

Michael J. Murphy said...

These are stats produced by the US Government. If you believe them to be BS lodge your complaint against the Health & Human Services Department. The source numbers are here. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/index.htm.

I have always wanted to examine the instances of intimate partner murder-suicides to see what part or parts of the so-called support system failed. There is is no excuse for murder by anyone but can it be better prevented. There are no tax invested support services for men in North America related to marriage failure that I can find. Do they exist?

Family law courts are of no help to men/fathers and are so biased in favour of the mother that I would suspect that many judges give not only these couples/families a death sentence but account for the much higher male suicide rate - at least 6 times that of females with 2 years of separation/divorce.

I would like to see a linear study done of the murder suicides related to family breakdown and do a trace back to the judges and sleazy lawyers who were involved. I would then like to hold them accountable if deemed appropriate.

A web site showing the relationship to a judges decision in a family law matter resulting in death might wake up the divorce industry to the callous disregard and marginalization of fathers and move us faster toward a presumption of shared and equal parenting upon divorce or separation. Other dispute resolution mechanisms might well be in order as well to deal with the financial side of things. I can speak with experience, however,on the devastating emotional impact of a father losing his children based on false allegations of child abuse. There has to be a better way for the sake of the children.

I have modified the reference to 3/4 attributed to women as the math doesn't jibe. Thank you for the observation. I left a question on Glenn Sacks Blog to see if a math genius can explain it to me.

castille said...

Numbers that show mothers as perpetrators of most child maltreatment and fatalities cannot be translated into a conclusion like single mothers are, statistically, the biggest danger to children, as you were asserting in the comments on the article about Karissa Boudreau. Mothers are likely the largest group of perpetrators because they do the largest percentage of primary caretaking. These numbers can't show statistically who is more dangerous to spend time with, but rather a reflection of with whom children spend most of their time. For all I know, aunties are the most dangerous people to spend time with. And single mothers in particular aren't addressed at all. Using these statistics to prop up your argument is rididulous. Now, I happen to agree that single parent households - male or female headed - are more dangerous to children. But these numbers have absolutely zero to do with that.

Michael J. Murphy said...

Castille:

I will respectfully disagree with you. These numbers plus other peer reviewed studies do show single mother households are the most dangerous for children and that mothers whether acting alone or in partnership with someone else are the greatest threat.

It may well be they spend more time but all the more reason why courts ought not to be giving them sole physical custody in the 9-1 ratio that is evident. This ratio includes non-trial based custody agreements because lawyers convince dads it is too expensive to go to trial and the court will award "ownership" to the mother anyway. Only dads whose pockets can afford it or those who are willing to lose their life savings will take the risk. When they do the ratio is less imbalanced but still favours the mother. The dysfunctional court system and the lawyers are the problem. When shared and equal custody is a presumption in law greater balance will be achieved, the children will do better, and perhaps we will see these statistics in a different light.

I know you are not trying to find excuses for mother abuse of children but saying its because they spend more time almost sounds like a rationalization.

Where are your statistics to prove single parent male households are more or just as dangerous than single parent female? Where are your statistics to prove single parent male households are more dangerous than hetero,lesbian or male homesexual households?

Most men, save those who become family executioners, who get big headlines making it look like it is a common event, see their role as protectors of their children despite the feminist myths we are all violent, incestuous, rapists.

My goal and that of other marginalized dads is to get shared and equal parenting as a presumption in law. The statistics in this blog and there are more than you have found amplify the need to implement this in the best interest of the children.