On Father's Day

On Father's Day

Cindy Gambino's Devastating Story Of The Winchelsea Dam Tragedy

eBook - 2013
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The release of this powerful book is timely. There is growing concern about fathers who kill their children, but we struggle to understand their actions and the motivations for their crimes. Yet these tragedies are not inexplicable. When fathers deliberately kill their children, it is often because they are angry with their former partners for leaving the relationship. The father may appear to love his children and may not have been violent toward them. The act of killing them appears to be directed against the mother as the ultimate form of punishment. In researching cases where fathers kill their children after separating from their partners, I have come to understand their behaviour as part of the broader social problem of violence against women. Robert Farquharson, the father whose actions are so vividly depicted in this book, indicated an intention to 'pay back' his estranged wife, Cindy Gambino. Taking away what mattered to her most - her children - would ensure she suffered for the rest of her life. Not understanding why fathers kill their children after separation, we fail to recognise that the mother is the real target. There is a widespread perception that fathers are driven to act violently because the Family Law process too often deprives them of access, causing them enormous distress. But in many instances, fathers have actually killed their children during access visits. There is no logic to the thinking that a person would decide to kill his children out of distress about not spending enough time with them. If, however, the person is consumed with anger and hatred towards his former partner, it is a horrifyingly effective way for him to take revenge on her.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Echo Publishing ,, 2013
ISBN: 9781760062361
1760062367
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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