Bypassing the relationship between fatherhood and violence in Finnish policy and research

Hautanen Teija

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:
Bypassing the relationship between fatherhood and violence in Finnish policy and research

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This chapter explores the question of why fatherhood and violence in intimate relationships are, in Finland, so seldom treated simultaneously within the same context. The goal is to reflect upon this theme on the basis of literature and to accumulate the reasons for this silence in the Finnish discussion. The chapter begins by examining the Finnish research on violence in intimate relationships. What features can be found there that make it difficult to notice the fatherhood of violent men? Second, the chapter focuses on motherhood and fatherhood – which features in the conception of these two phenomena prevent the discussion of fathers' violence? Finally, it considers problems relating to child custody and contact visitation practices, where, as also indicated in relation to Denmark and Sweden, the problems connected with fatherhood and violence are particularly acute. The chapter is based on violence research and parenthood studies in the field of social sciences in Finland. It draws mainly upon monographs and scientific articles written in Finnish from the 1990s to the present.

Keywords: fatherhood; violence; Finland; intimate relationships; motherhood; domestic violence; child custody; parental contact; visitation

Chapter.  6772 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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