Children, abuse and parental contact in Denmark<sup>1</sup>

Hester Marianne

in Tackling men's violence in families

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346032
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303640 | DOI:
Children, abuse and parental contact in Denmark1

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This chapter draws on research co-directed by the author between 1990 and 1996 in England and Denmark examining arrangements for children's contact with parents after separation or divorce, in circumstances of domestic violence, and a smaller follow-up study. It examines in particular some of the shifts and changes apparent since the mid-1990s with regard to custody and contact in Denmark. To understand these shifts, it is important to consider changes in legislation as well as the apparent impacts on professional practice in recent years. It should be noted that in Denmark the law is considered a vehicle of social reform and social engineering to an extent that is not usual in the UK, where legal change usually reflects rather than pre-empts change in social practices.

Keywords: Denmark; England; parental contact; domestic violence; divorce; children; social reform; social engineering; child custody

Chapter.  6890 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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