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Dads often keep custody after killing kids' mums
Fathers retain custody after murdering their children’s mothers

Dads often keep custody after killing kids' mums

Published: 03 Jan 2013 10:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Jan 2013 10:08 GMT+01:00

The review, carried out by the Aftonbladet newspaper, found that 201 women in Sweden had been killed by their husbands or ex-husbands since 2000.

The killings left 179 children under the age of 18 left without a mother, with 126 of the children having had their mothers killed by their own fathers.

The review also found that 63 children were home when their mothers were killed, with 33 witnessing the murder.

"These children are incredibly affected by the murders of which they are often the only witness," psychologist Anna Norlén from Save the Children (Rädda Barnen) told Svergies Televsion (SVT).

In several cases, fathers also took their own lives after killing their wives or girlfriends, but Aftonbladet carried out a deeper analysis involving 54 children, finding that in four out of ten cases, the fathers convicted of killing their children's mothers still have custody, often using it for leverage to disrupt their kids' lives.

The findings, based on interviews with the children as well as a review of legal and other documents from public agencies, show that, in many cases, Swedish authorities prioritize the rights of the convicted killers over the rights of the surviving children.

Among other things, the incarcerated fathers hold sway over their children's lives by refusing to allow their minor children to switch schools, making it hard for them to get prescription medications, or refusing to let them apply for a passport.

In one case, a boy was forced to spend nights in prison with his father despite being terrified of the man.

"Society must be clearer, faster, and more forceful in protecting children's interests," said Norlén, suggesting they be provided with specially appointed guardians.

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10:52 January 3, 2013 by Rishonim
This is no surprise when considering we have a retarded justice system managed by a group of moralist idiots. The people making those decision tend to be women in their mid 50s, slightly overweight, bad haircut and wearing black over the calf boots. They sincerely believe that it is the best interest for the child to remain with one parent, even though that parent is a murderer. They also tend to be believe the victims actions is responsible for their death.
15:45 January 3, 2013 by Frobobbles
This is sexist statistics! How many MEN were killed by WOMEN? And what happened to the poor fatherless kids? Unless they don't show THAT to compare with, these data are useless.
21:52 January 23, 2013 by B.olesen
WHAT? Made him spend the night in the PRISON? What is this, Mexico?

@frobobbles - is that sarcasm? I hope so.
19:52 March 21, 2013 by janeway
Rishonim: Are you a muslim? Just wonder, because you seem to have some antagonism towards women in a certain age bracket whom you portray with some powers.

Also, I would like to see your statistics and scientific facts for your arguments. Don't have any? Well, then it's just your misleading opinions.
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