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Abusive fathering

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/9781847429179.003.0005
Abusive fathering

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This chapter discusses the author's own exploratory, qualitative UK research with twenty domestically violent fathers. Overall the study aimed to look at fathers' own perspectives on their violence, its impact on their relationships with children, and their parenting practices. One object of this research was therefore to provide an insight into violent fathers' own views of their parenting and the meanings they give to it when still living with families or in the context of post-separation child contact, in order to highlight the need for policymakers and professionals to pay greater attention to these areas when making decisions about children's safety and wellbeing. A second aim was to look at the impact of perpetrator programmes for domestically violent men on the fathers' understanding of the effects of their violence, since all the fathers who agreed to participate in the research were drawn from such programmes.

Keywords: perpetrator programmes; violent fathers; parenting practices; post-separation child contact; policymakers

Chapter.  13774 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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