Mums on the run: Failed by the family court

Press/Media: Research

Period4 Sept 2023

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleMums on the run: failed by the family court
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBBC
    Media typeTelevision
    Duration/Length/Size23 minutes
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis is the story of women fleeing the UK with their kids. They say the system has failed them. A BBC News investigation hears from mothers who say they have been failed by the Family Court. We uncover evidence that also shows how five mothers died during or after Family Court proceedings. And we explore the concept of “parental alienation” - hearing from dozens of mothers who suffered domestic abuse. The BBC exclusively report findings from a Manchester University led study on the family court experiences of victim-survivor mothers in England.
    Producer/AuthorEd Thomas and Dr Elizabeth Dalgarno
    PersonsElizabeth Dalgarno

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Manchester Urban Institute


  • domestic abuse
  • 'parental alienation'
  • pseudoscience
  • gender inequality
  • family court