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Fathers' violence and children's perspectives

Lynne Harne

in Violent fathering and the risks to children

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429179.003.0002
Fathers' violence and children's perspectives

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This chapter looks at the extent and impact of fathers' violence on children and children's own perspectives on their violent fathers. The first section summarises some of the key findings from the research on the varying ways children are harmed through this violence and its interconnections with abusive parental practice. The second section focuses on research on children's own views of living with paternal domestic violence and their feelings towards these fathers. The importance of children's perspectives on their own lives has been highlighted in sociological studies of childhood and indicates that they are active participants in socialisation processes rather than merely passive. Yet children's perceptions of domestic violence from fathers and their feelings and views have frequently been marginalised and ignored in policy and practice responses. In this regard even very young children are usually competent to describe their experiences either verbally or through visual representation.

Keywords: violent fathers; parental practice; domestic violence; policy; children's perspectives

Chapter.  11070 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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