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----- Original Message -----
From: jameswilliamsgb@aol.co.uk
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 7:16 AM
Subject: Research into outcome is blocked

I would agree that there is scope for research in the field of outcomes directed at specific judges, but the problem is in securing funding and support for it. It is the sort of thing that a university could carry out or somebody with independent means.

Ideology does play a part in all our thinkings and leanings whether we are informed people or not. Those who are not aware of their own ideological beliefs and do not explore their thoughts are at risk of becoming clones. The tender years theory is a convenient default position for those who have a bias against fathers, just like Deluth is in DV for accusing men as being perpetrators and seeking power and control.

----- Original Message -----
From: icatt@btinternet.com
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 5:13 PM
Subject: Outcomes

I proposed statistical research into outcomes for children whose children’s parents went through divorce under a particular judge. Although there is no support for such research, all available evidence tells us that a large proportion of people in prison were cut off form their fathers when young. Truanting increased threefold, along with suicide, drug abuse, running away form home, teenage pregnancy. However, I knew long ago that research into outcomes should be unhooked from cutting off the father. If one judge caused far worse outcome than another, or one social worker worse than another, we would know that the first judge was damaging children. Of course, he might be doing this by cutting off the father, but it might be for some other reason in his procedures.

What is extraordinary, and what demonstrates how difficult and complex our problem is, is that only now, after decades, I realised that judges should welcome such research. I assumed judges would put the avoidance of accountability first. However, at least some judges will be reasonable and well meaning, only causing damage due to their wrong ideology, for instance their belief in falsified statistics on domestic violence. They would learn to change their behaviour as a result of such research, and perhaps all judges would prefer to damage less children.

Ivor Catt

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