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Lynne Harne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429179

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429179.001.0001

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Fathers' violence and children's perspectives

Fathers' violence and children's perspectives

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Violent fathering and the risks to children

Lynne Harne

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the extent and impact of fathers' violence on children and children's own perspectives on their violent fathers. The first section summarises some of the key findings from the research on the varying ways children are harmed through this violence and its interconnections with abusive parental practice. The second section focuses on research on children's own views of living with paternal domestic violence and their feelings towards these fathers. The importance of children's perspectives on their own lives has been highlighted in sociological studies of childhood and indicates that they are active participants in socialisation processes rather than merely passive. Yet children's perceptions of domestic violence from fathers and their feelings and views have frequently been marginalised and ignored in policy and practice responses. In this regard even very young children are usually competent to describe their experiences either verbally or through visual representation.

Keywords:   violent fathers, parental practice, domestic violence, policy, children's perspectives

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