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Violent fathers are being given legal rights to harass, stalk and intimidate ex-partners, a women's charity in the North East claims.

Wearside Women in Need, which provides refuges for women fleeing domestic violence, says courts allow abusive men to control former partners by insisting they have access to their children.

It says plans to change the law could see courts forcing victims to become criminals by punishing them if they refuse to allow abusers to see their kids.

Director Claire Philipson said: "We've had more than one case where abusive men have used their children to stalk, harass and intimidate their former partners. Lots of men now play victim in public when it is their former partners who are the real victim."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2005
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