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A visible or invisible child? Professionals’ approaches to children whose father is violent towards their mother

Eriksson Maria

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346032.003.0008
A visible or invisible child? Professionals’ approaches to children whose father is violent towards their mother

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This chapter points out some of the contradictions and dilemmas associated with current Swedish attempts to create gender equality – including shared parenting and a ‘new father’ – and attempts to promote children's interests. It gives a detailed account of professionals' practices, discussing the position of abused children in investigations concerning custody, contact, and residence, using the practices of Swedish social workers as the example. This analysis demonstrates unintended and problematic consequences of current Swedish policy, as well as problems in professionals' responses in cases where fathers are violent to the mothers/co-parents and/or their children.

Keywords: gender equality; shared parenting; child welfare; abused children; social workers; Swedish social policy; violent fathers; domestic violence

Chapter.  6498 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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