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Violent fathering: perspectives, research and practice

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/9781847429179.003.0004
Violent fathering: perspectives, research and practice

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This chapter begins by critically examining different theoretical approaches that aim to explain fathers' violence towards women. These are significant, since they inform different policy and professional approaches towards addressing this violence as a significant social problem and developing appropriate strategies for change. Second, the chapter looks at the research undertaken with violent perpetrators that informs some of these perspectives. It also examines the limited amount of research that specifically addresses violent fathers as carers of children, including studies where violent fathers have killed their children. These studies contrast with other research on violent fathers that has often been undertaken from a rehabilitative perspective. Third, the chapter discusses some current practice strategies in addressing violent fathering and children's safety. These include the use of risk identification and assessment, perpetrator programmes, and parenting programmes for violent fathers.

Keywords: theoretical approaches; violent perpetrators; violent fathers; violent fathering; perpetrator programmes

Chapter.  13364 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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