FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Marriage and relationship counselling should be promoted and funded to aid relationship stability.

Family Courts should ensure that parents are not denied fair access to their children without substantiated serious grounds.

Domestic abuse law should not cover “psychological abuse”. It is too vague and open to spurious applications. For example, proposed laws relating to making a person “dependent on another person” or “feel ….. humiliated or degraded” could be interpreted to cover behaviours far short of “abuse” and risk bringing the threat of legal sanction into more superficial relationship conflicts. Such laws are also vulnerable to exploitation for vindictive reasons.