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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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Violent fathering: perspectives, research and practice

Violent fathering: perspectives, research and practice

(p.81) Three Violent fathering: perspectives, research and practice
Violent fathering and the risks to children

Lynne Harne

Policy Press

This chapter begins by critically examining different theoretical approaches that aim to explain fathers' violence towards women. These are significant, since they inform different policy and professional approaches towards addressing this violence as a significant social problem and developing appropriate strategies for change. Second, the chapter looks at the research undertaken with violent perpetrators that informs some of these perspectives. It also examines the limited amount of research that specifically addresses violent fathers as carers of children, including studies where violent fathers have killed their children. These studies contrast with other research on violent fathers that has often been undertaken from a rehabilitative perspective. Third, the chapter discusses some current practice strategies in addressing violent fathering and children's safety. These include the use of risk identification and assessment, perpetrator programmes, and parenting programmes for violent fathers.

Keywords:   theoretical approaches, violent perpetrators, violent fathers, violent fathering, perpetrator programmes

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