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Violent fathering and the risks to childrenThe need for change$
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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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Abusive fathering

Abusive fathering

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Violent fathering and the risks to children

Lynne Harne

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the author's own exploratory, qualitative UK research with twenty domestically violent fathers. Overall the study aimed to look at fathers' own perspectives on their violence, its impact on their relationships with children, and their parenting practices. One object of this research was therefore to provide an insight into violent fathers' own views of their parenting and the meanings they give to it when still living with families or in the context of post-separation child contact, in order to highlight the need for policymakers and professionals to pay greater attention to these areas when making decisions about children's safety and wellbeing. A second aim was to look at the impact of perpetrator programmes for domestically violent men on the fathers' understanding of the effects of their violence, since all the fathers who agreed to participate in the research were drawn from such programmes.

Keywords:   perpetrator programmes, violent fathers, parenting practices, post-separation child contact, policymakers

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