Statistics: The Websters’ Dictionary defines “Statistics” as a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data; a collection of quantitative data.
No matter the industry or area of life, whether it be policing, military, medical, automotive, construction, travel, leisure, or ultimately anything one can conceive of, statistics are recorded.
Statistics help us better understand why many of the good and bad things happen the way they do. They also pave the way for changes to be made in attempts to better our workplaces, laws, social and developmental programs, and ultimately lives.
These statistics are documented and analyzed in order to understand what happened and why it happened; to help pass new laws, develop safety guidelines, and justify decisions and spending, in order to better protect and serve us all.
Unfortunately, one area of industry appears to have seemingly chosen a long time ago to exclude themselves from any statistical recording regarding any actions or events having taken place as a result of many who work within or profit from this billion dollar business. Of course there is data to show how many divorces took place from year to year, how many children of divorce there have been, and so on. BUT, there are virtually NO statistics “available” that offer any insight as to the suffering endured and harms done to our children in the course of these divorces and subsequent custody battles; the harms done to parents and spouses, to mothers, fathers, and other loved ones.
The area of industry in question is the Canadian Justice System, more specifically, the Canadian Family Court System.
There is no way of knowing just what types of human suffering have taken place over decades as a result of possible legal incompetence, ignorance, or because of a lawyer's or even a child professional's actions, be it deliberate or not.
Types of human suffering include child neglect, abuse or even death. It includes violence in family relationships, and even emotional violence. It includes emotional harm being part of the lives of children and parents, by parties using their children as pawns in the family breakup process.
Conversely, it is well documented how many people were charged with impaired driving during the past 20 years as well as how many deaths were related to those charges and convictions.
It has also been recorded how many people were injured, lost a limb, or even their life within the labour industry over the past 20 years as a result of someone’s actions be it deliberate or not.
Furthermore, it is known for the most part how many needless deaths took place as a result of medical malpractice as a result of someone’s actions – again, be they deliberate or not.
There are countless types of human suffering and for each kind that one can think of, there is probably somebody recording its occurrence, reviewing its causes, analyzing its effects, and suggesting how to improve its overall reality. That process IS that of statistics.
Why then, is there no system in place to determine what types of human suffering have taken place over any comparable period of time as a result of possible legal incompetence, ignorance or actions be it deliberate or not? Why is this information not being treated with the same care and diligence as other information? The workplace is the subject of constant changes to improve the quality and safety of it for all of our benefit presumably because we all work. Why then are we not devoting as much attention and effort to improve the quality of life of our families? Do we not all have families? Is the family not as important as the workplace?
They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease. At this time, you are urged to lend your support in this effort to obtain quantifiable data regarding the suffering of families - particularly as it can be traced back to that Canadian Family Court System that many of us have been a part of. The information exists – we simply are not privy to it and no changes are being made to better the system in place because we have not been able to demand those improvements yet. We will get the answers we all need and deserve if we stand together and demand those desperately needed changes.
Working together in this common goal for families and loved ones will save lives!
A child’s, a mother’s, a father’s, a woman's, and a man’s life WILL depend on it.