Violent Fathering and the Risks to Children: The Need for Change

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Mai 2011



Current family policy approaches emphasize the significance of paternal involvement in children's lives, yet there has been a silence on violent and abusive fathering in these discourses. This book specifically focuses on violent fathering, discussing original research in the context of domestic violence. It examines fathers' perceptions of their domestic violence and its impact on children, their relationships with children, and their parenting practices. It also looks at abused mothers' perceptions of their ex-partners' parenting. The book recommends ways that policy and practice can be improved in order to safeguard children in family law and child protection practice through a better understanding of the risks posed and appropriate assessment of violent fathers as parents. This study will be of considerable value to all professionals working in this area.


Introduction; Fathers' violence and children's perspectives; Changing discourses of fatherhood in family policies; Violent fathering, perspectives, research and practice; Abusive fathering; Rehabilitating violent fathers; The need for change.


Dr Lynne Harne is currently an honorary research associate at the University of Bristol. She has extensive experience of researching gender-based violence.


"Lynne Harne gives a stark insight to the risks for children's well-being from domestically violent fathers. Based on violent fathers' own accounts the book raises essential questions about the inappropriate and unsafe parenting practices engaged in by these men." Professor Marianne Hester, Chair in Gender, Violence & International Policy "This book provides a convincing critique of the pro-contact bias in family law giving new insights into violent fathers' views about children. It is a valuable resource for students and practitioners of family law, child protection and criminal justice." Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC "This book is well written in an informal, accessible way, and is interesting and informative ... I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in domestic violence but particularly to current and future policy makers and practitioners." --Network magazine, SPA
EAN: 9781847422118
ISBN: 184742211X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2011
Seitenanzahl: 212 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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