In recent years, I have been the subject of online denigration and personal and professional attack from some areas of the internet. This is something which has led to threats being left on this blog and to commentary which at times is defamatory. This is something that we largely ignore as it does not impact upon our work with families; we regard it as being part of the job.
Since 2017, however, we have also been subject to a campaign of serious stalking and harassment by a woman living in Dulwich in London who has created a grossly defamatory website about our work with the UK Government ten years ago. Many people appear on this website but it contains more than 40 articles about myself and Nick, which are malicious, false and grossly defamatory. These are now being posted on Twitter in an escalating campaign to deliberately harm our personal and professional reputations.
In the years I have worked in this field, readers will be aware that I have consistently and carefully documented, on this blog, our understanding of why children in divorce and separation suffer alienation. I have also recorded my own personal journey through this understanding and I have shared my thoughts and experience of how this problem suffered by children, can be treated. This writing, which many around the world have written to share their appreciation of, has been used by this person to create a false, spiteful and grossly defamatory depiction of me in particular. This is a deliberate campaign which is an attempt to cause our work serious harm.
The website and Twitter account, has recently been reposted by a small number of other people, with incitement and commentary which is, in itself, an act of defamation and harassment. Our lawyers are addressing this with the individuals concerned.
We take our work seriously and the progress which has been made in moving the understanding of this problem from the parental rights arena to where it properly belongs, in children’s mental health, has been strong. The backlash against this, however, is now underway and this website and Twitter account appear to have now become focussed on the concept of parental alienation as well as our work. This person is now promoting the idea that my work in particular, is about moving children from innocent mothers to abusive fathers.
At the Family Separation Clinic, we work with as many alienated mothers as fathers. This is not a gender issue and moving children from abusive fathers to their mothers in the family courts, is something I have undertaken several times under court order. This is necessary because a case of a child who is alienated by a father against a mother, is about more than domestic violence by proxy, it is about the defence in the child which is commonly referred to as parental alienation.
We do not wish to see progress in raising this awareness of how children are being alienated in divorce and separation and why it is harmful to their wellbeing to leave them without intervention, being derailed because of personal and professional attacks of this nature. We want to keep writing, researching and treating families affected by this problem around the world and we will.
But we also need to take care of ourselves and our family by ensuring that this kind of serious stalking and harassment is stopped and to that end our lawyers are instructed to deal with this matter robustly.
Having endured an enormous amount of deliberate denigration on the internet over recent years, it has reached a point where we have to say enough. Criticism is legitimate, but deliberate stalking, harassment and planned attempts to cause maximum harm by spreading malicious falsehoods can not be allowed to go unchallenged.
This matter has been under investigation by the police and is in the hands of our lawyers who are taking all steps to ensure that this is properly and fully dealt with.
Thank you for your understanding.
Legal Statement – Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall – Family Separation Clinic, 50 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7PY
For a period of time we have been the subjects of a false and grossly defamatory campaign which has been pursued against us. The sustained targeting and malicious posts have appeared on a website and recently on a twitter account and have caused us alarm and concern for our safety.
More than 40 articles and posts have appeared some of which are posted within a few minutes or days of each other. These have been posted by the same person as they are drafted in a similar style with similar subject matter.
We have instructed lawyers in this matter. In the meantime we reserve the right to apply for an Interim Injunction restraining the publication of the words complained of on both the Website and the Twitter Account above at Court 37 (The Interim Applications Court of the Queen’s Bench Division) in the event that the statements identified are not removed within 7 days.