Should you wish to participate in the survey please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a PDF and/or MS Word format survey.
Research Project: False Allegations in the Australian Family Courts
To collect data on False Allegations of domestic violence/abuse and sexual abuse arising from Family Court proceedings in Australia.
As a falsely accused parent I consider this research critical in establishing the extent to which False Allegations are used in the Family Courts. There is growing concern that False Allegations are being weaponised in the Family Courts. It seems to me one of two – or possibly both – nefarious scenarios are occurring here. First, False Allegations are becoming – if not already – the strategy of choice for Family Law Legal Practitioners seeking an edge. Two, some Family Law Legal Practitioners seem to attract a high percentage of clients who want to use the nuclear option against the other parent by using False Allegations.
Information for respondents
Name of researcher: Mark Kosmider
Institution: private, I am not affiliated with any institution or organisation: this is a private research project, and although any donations will be greatly received and appreciated to defray the costs that inevitably accrue in these circumstances, it is not a requirement in order to complete the survey.
Thank you for considering participating in this research project which will take place between April 2020 and October 2020. The following information outlines the objectives of the research and answers any questions you may have about your involvement, and how the information you provide will be used and stored. If you still have questions, you can email me at email@example.com.
The “Requesting Information On False Allegations and Legal Firms Who Represent Clients Who Use This Strategy” document provides in depth details about this research project. Respondents are advised to read this document before completing the survey.
1. What is this research about?
The key aims of this research project are to determine:
- How prevalent False Allegations are in Family Court proceedings
- Are False Allegations the strategy of choice by certain Legal Professionals and/or litigants
- Do certain Legal Professionals knowingly engage clients who want to use the False Allegation strategy
- At what stage were the False Allegations first raised
- How were the False Allegations investigated, and by who
- How readily available are the case file notes to the falsely accused
- The result of the False Allegations on the falsely accused
- Whether the falsely accused were exonerated, and if so, by who, and by what mechanism
Please note, intervening in individual cases falls outside the remit of this research project.
2. Do I have to take part?
Participation in this research is entirely voluntary, however, I do encourage people who have been affected by False Allegations to take part. The results will be more meaningful and representative of the real situation with a greater number of participants.
3. What will my involvement be?
As a falsely accused parent you will be asked to take part in a survey about your personal experiences. The 34-short questions should take no longer than 30-minutes to complete.
4. How do I withdraw from the study?
You can withdraw at any point during the completion of the survey without having to provide a reason. If you wish to withdraw, simply do not submit your completed survey. Or if you have already submitted your survey, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request all of your information be deleted and destroyed.
5. What will my information be used for?
The collected data will be used for my research project as outlined in point one above. If upon completion of the data analysis it is apparent certain Legal Professionals use False Allegations as their strategy of choice, or they continually engage clients who seek to use this strategy, they will be reported to their relevant state Legal Practice Board and Attorney General, and the Federal Attorney General.
6. Will my data be kept confidential and will it be anonymised?
The data collected during this study will be kept completely confidential and anonymous. Only I will have access. Your data will be anonymised, meaning that no personal details that could identify you will be used in the final report. Furthermore, all surveys and digital files will be stored securely.
7. What if I have a question?
I welcome all questions. If you have any further questions regarding this research project that have not been covered here, please contact me on email@example.com.
Requesting Information On False Allegations and Legal Firms Who Represent Clients Who Use This Strategy: this document explains the research project in detail.
Example of Completed Survey – False Allegations Requesting Information Survey: this is an example of a completed form so respondents can gain an understanding of what information is required and how best to answer each question. Please take the time to read the example of a completed survey before completing your own survey.
False Allegations Requesting Information Survey: this is the actual survey respondents will be asked to complete and submit via email. The survey can be provided in word and PDF formats. The MS Word format survey can be completed on your device then attached to an email and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org. The PDF format survey can be printed and then completed by hand, if this is your preferred method, and then scanned and attached to an email as above. The PDF format survey can also be completed on your device via PDF editor then attached to an email and returned to email@example.com.