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Protective Mothers are Being Re Victimized./ PMA International

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As we travel down this path together – advocating for family court reform, we have seen an alarming trend. Protective Mothers are being re victimized.

Protective Mothers are being re victimized , not just by family court, but by the very people in which they reach out for help.

As an organization we are amazed at the number of requests for help with personal cases that we receive. Not just because we have posted everywhere that we do not get involved in personal custody cases, but because we are simply puzzled by such requests.

We are an organization of fellow Protective Moms. How can we help with a personal custody case ?

We are not a group of legal professionals or licensed educated therapists. We understand the desperation, but when we see where protective mothers are putting their trust – we cringe.

Some Protective Moms are putting their trust in people simply not qualified, educated or  licensed to help in their custody case.

So with that in mind, PMA International Administrators, and Leaders put together some categories of assistance a Protective Mom would need and – in our opinion and experience – where best to go for help.


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Family court is a legal forum. So unless you are going to represent yourself, you need a legal professional. These are just the facts.

It is illegal for a judge to communicate to anyone other then yourself or your legal representative about your case.

You need a good Family Court attorney who specializes in DV.

If money is an issue find legal aid in your community, University law schools or paralegal organizations.

But the point is – you need a legal professional.

Emotional Support:

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If you are looking for emotional support it is best to find a qualified , licensed highly trained therapist for help. Preferably one trained in trauma and/or PTSD. Going to a fellow protective mother for emotional support is not effective, in our experience.

Trauma survivors are rarely helpful in helping other trauma survivors as they get triggered themselves hearing the other person’s  story.This is simply unavoidable. A few of the consequences of the above – more often than not- is an unhealthy role reversal, or sudden withdrawal of support leading to resentment, anger and more trauma.

Do yourself a favor and avoid the above by simply finding a good highly trained trauma therapist to get the support you need and deserve.

If money is an issue, research low cost alternatives in your community. Most communities have this option. Utilize local churches for your preferred spiritual support.


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If you are looking for research , best to go to a professional liscensed trusted Private Investigator. A P.I is trained and educated in what they do and has the emotional distance necessary to do a good job with a clear head.


Others may mean well when they offer their help, and they might even share a similar experience , but when you are dealing with Family Court abuse and corruption the stakes are so high and the trauma so deep that hiring a professional, highly trained, educated and licensed expert are some of the ways to limit the chances of being re victimized.

Understand, we clearly know Protective Mothers who have had bad experiences with professionals. This saddens us , but is unavoidable as in life there are no guarantees .

Also , we are not talking about professionals ordered by Family Court, but ones you research yourself, in addition to getting referrals  from a trusted person.

If by chance you still get re victimized by a professional,( it happens) their governing body has a complaint process and we highly recommend you access it.

This is not the case if you are depending on a non- professional for help.

For these reasons and many others PMA International has made the decision to not get involved in personal custody cases as we are a large group of international Protective Mothers- not legal experts.

So if you are a Protective Mother, reaching out for help and your 2 choices are either a trained, educated professional, or a non professional , we suggest – take your chances with the trained professional, per our collective experience.

We understand your desperation, as we have been there. But utilizing professionals for help will give you and your children a fighting chance and may help to avoid re victimization in the process.


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  1. Thank you so much for this posting. 25 years ago, I was fighting a horrendous Family Court system and judge and went to all the wrong people. The information you provide is crucial. I recently discovered your organization and am incredibly thankful I did. Keep up the GREAT work!


    August 11, 2016 at 4:11 pm

  2. “Protective Mothers are being re victimized , not just by family court, but by the very people in which they reach out for help.”
    This made me instantly burst into tears. It’s so outrageously true and I’m not sure I’ll ever find the words to explain what it feels like…the shock…the utter sense of helplessness…to be treated as though *you* are the bad parent because you reached out for help knowing your innocence, and trusting that innocence and truth could never be twisted into some form guilty without a trial of any kind. I suppose it’s rather like witnessing a violent crime, calling the police to report it, and then being treated and persecuted as though *you* are the guilty party who perpetrated the crime. And you just wonder why you even bothered to do the right thing at all. It feels like you’re suddenly thrust into some bad, unbelievable movie plot that could *never* happen in real life… Only it does.


    August 12, 2016 at 4:13 am

  3. Reblogged this on Musings of a Penpusher and commented:
    Good advice straight from the horse’s mouth.


    August 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  4. The court (judge) assigned an attorney for my child. My ex had prematurely hired an SW. Judge ordered my ex to pay fees for both the’s e individuals (mind you my ex is the one who had already hired the SW).
    Here is where you are going to shake your head.
    The child’s attorney is close friends with the SW. The SW is close friends with the judge.
    Documents, clinical and police reports are shown to both the attorney and social worker (SW) as well as speaking to the child’s case managers and psychologists (yes plural);ALL the above said not to place the child with my ex, and only allow supervised visits. Did that happen, no. My child went kicking and screaming when my ex removed the child from school.
    Pray for my child’s safe return. The child is old enough to speak to the judge.

    In Hiding

    September 20, 2016 at 9:10 am

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