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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Group Hopes McCafferty Trial Raises Domestic Violence Awareness

MikeMurphy - 12:51 AM
It would appear the killer is getting lots of sympathy for allegations she has made that her dead partner was abusive. My ex attacked me several times with weapons, robbed my former employer and heaped years of emotional abuse. Does this mean I could have killed her in self defense and claimed DV. Somehow I don't think so. Lets reverse the situation here and lets posit for a second the man did this to her. You are right we woudn't be having this discussion because no one would believe him. So even when the man is killed he is still vilified for his abusiveness. What's wrong with this picture?

Last Update: 3/12 6:25 pm
Cheryl McCafferty
Cheryl McCafferty
Friends of Cheryl McCafferty want to use her case to raise awareness about domestic violence. McCafferty was convicted of manslaughter for killing her husband, Robert. As part of her sentence, McCafferty was declared a domestic violence victim, which makes her eligible for parole in 2011. Local 12's Joe Webb explains how they want to use her case as a teaching point. Last week, Karen Berney passed out around 30 pink ribbons at Cheryl McCafferty's murder trial. The judge made McCafferty's supporters take them off in court, but you can expect to see them again. Berney, a rejected juror in the case, has them in her home and is ready to pass them out and raise awareness about battered women. Karen Berney, Southgate: "I feel so many people, here and in so many places, don't understand the syndrome. I'm hoping to get a group of ladies together... believable, credible ladies together... where we can form a committee...a group... and just start educating the population." Berney spent 30 years advocating for domestic violence victims in San Diego. She hopes the group can reach out to judges, prosecutors and police. The court did rule that Cheryl McCafferty was a domestic violence victim, but Robert McCafferty's friends are quick to point out he was a victim of manslaughter and Cheryl McCafferty was convicted of killing him. David Bender, McCafferty Family Attorney: "Bob, or Mac as he was known, was an all-around great person." Neighbor Mary Jenkins says she loved Bob and still loves Cheryl. She's ready to help Berney work to educate people about domestic violence. Mary Ann Jenkins, McCafferty Neighbor: "Had I known what to look for, I think I could have helped both those people." The group hopes to get organized by this summer, in hopes that someone can be spared what happened here. According to the National Institutes of Health, domestic violence is the most common cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44. Comments:
la1984 - 8:11 AM
Grandpa1 I agree whole heartedly...we need to keep wives from shooting their husbands in the head while they sleep. Hopefully this group will educate women on this point.

MikeMurphy - 12:51 AM
It would appear the killer is getting lots of sympathy for allegations she has made that her dead partner was abusive. My ex attacked me several times with weapons, robbed my former employer and heaped years of emotional abuse. Does this mean I could have killed her in self defense and claimed DV. Somehow I don't think so. Lets reverse the situation here and lets posit for a second the man did this to her. You are right we woudn't be having this discussion because no one would believe him. So even when the man is killed he is still vilified for his abusiveness. What's wrong with this picture?

Grandpa1 - 3/12/2009
I agree, shooting someone in the back of the head while they slept is a horrible example of domestic abuse. Shame, shame shame.

xamassocks - 3/12/2009
That is a great idea. It's way past time to make awarness to all just how many times even your family don't know.

clover17 - 3/12/2009
Domestic abuse education is a great idea. It's time to stop blaming the victim for self defense. The Constitution does not exclude women from this basic right. And, abused victims deserve a far more enlightened and supportive response from the powers that be.

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