Protective Mothers' Alliance International

family court abuse/corruption

Maternal Alienation

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Australian researcher, Anne Morris, originated the concept of maternal alienation (MA) during her research with women survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and mothers of child sex abuse (CSA). Morris defined this as the phenomenon of children being alienated from their mothers, within a context of DVA, through the deliberate use of tactics such as mother-blaming (Morris 1999). Morris’s research shows that maternal alienation is used as a strategy of abuse across a continuum of violence and abuse, which includes child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. It is a form of emotional and psychological abuse that is used in conjunction with coercive control and other types of abuse to maintain power over women and children. Morris draws attention to research that highlights how the tactics used by child sex offenders to entrap their victims and enforce secrecy show that their strongest target is to break the mother-child relationship (e.g…

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August 6, 2015 at 3:48 am

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  1. I just feel there is already a name for this and it is DV by Proxy. It’s hard enough to get people to stop saying PAS really don’t want to have another term that people are not understanding and confusing with “PAS”. DV by proxy is sufficient.


    August 6, 2015 at 7:05 am

    • We understand your feelings. As we understand it and to explain the reasoning of the term; DV bY Proxy includes both genders. Maternal Alienation / deprivation deals with the loss of the primary nurturer and first attachment the child has to another person in his/her life- the mother. The research intends to show all the negative effects this has on a child throughout the child’s life, which we are certain must be significant. It is important work to raise the level of awareness of the importance of motherhood in our culture. Love to you .

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