What is it about: Erin Patria Margaret Pizzey (born 19th February 1939) is an English human rights and domestic abuse advocate, and novelist. She is known for having started the first-ever domestic violence shelter that is still currently the largest shelter in the modern world, Refuge, (then known as Chiswick Women's Aid), in 1971 and helped set up the first shelter in Ireland's Harcourt Terrace in Dublin for both Women & Men. Erin as her name suggests is proud of her Mayo roots and has visited Ireland on many occasions. Like ACF, Erin advocates that Children must be protected primarily from both Male and Female abusers; and that they have to work together to raise awareness on the effects of domestic abuse on children and especially the emotional often lifelong lasting effects of Parental Alienation. She commends the Irish Government for its current initiatives in researching and consulting on parental alienation and how to address it effectively for the best interests of Irish Children.
Erin has been the subject of death threats and boycotts because of her balanced real experience with the issue of intimate partner violence where she concludes that most domestic violence is reciprocal and that women are equally as capable of violence as men. She is banned from the refuge she started and was not even mentioned at the recent celebration of their foundation in the House of Lords. Erin has penned a number of fiction and non-fiction books and has been interviewed by the media from all over the world for her historical groundbreaking work.
Parental Alienation has been described by the Present Irish Minister of Justice Helen McEntee as “a situation when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent.” Previously no Irish Minister even acknowledged that Parental Alienation even existed yet the problems caused by its existence continue climbing. Lifelong trauma for alienated children (and parents) is well known and researched yet no legislation or social services are in place to address this awful form of child abuse & coercive control. Alienated Children First are a parent's led NGO who hope to change this and influence Ireland to intervene and stop parental alienation through legislation, effective services, education and awareness.