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'I have not seen my two older children for over 18 months'

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The effects of parental alienation can last a lifetime with the parent and children often never becoming reconciled

The effects of parental alienation can last a lifetime with the parent and children often never becoming reconciled

The effects of parental alienation can last a lifetime with the parent and children often never becoming reconciled

A mother of four who is an Irish citizen, is college-educated and has been living in Wexford for more than 10 years said she wants to raise an issue that is 'breaking my heart every minute of every day'.

Following separation and an acriminous divorce from her husband, her two oldest children were exposed to alienating behaviour which led to their 'total and unjustified' rejection of her, in a process which began slowly at first and presented itself as abusive behaviour which was encouraged by her husband.

A victim of domestic violence and coercive control for many years, she made the decision to leave her family home and seek shelter in Wexford Women's Refuge to save her two younger children from exposure to anger, hatred and emotional and psychological abuse.