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Tackling men's violence in familiesNordic issues and dilemmas$
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Maria Eriksson, Marianne Hester, and Suvi Keskinen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346032

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346032.001.0001

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Children, abuse and parental contact in Denmark1

Children, abuse and parental contact in Denmark1

(p.13) Two Children, abuse and parental contact in Denmark1
Tackling men's violence in families

Hester Marianne

Policy Press

This chapter draws on research co-directed by the author between 1990 and 1996 in England and Denmark examining arrangements for children's contact with parents after separation or divorce, in circumstances of domestic violence, and a smaller follow-up study. It examines in particular some of the shifts and changes apparent since the mid-1990s with regard to custody and contact in Denmark. To understand these shifts, it is important to consider changes in legislation as well as the apparent impacts on professional practice in recent years. It should be noted that in Denmark the law is considered a vehicle of social reform and social engineering to an extent that is not usual in the UK, where legal change usually reflects rather than pre-empts change in social practices.

Keywords:   Denmark, England, parental contact, domestic violence, divorce, children, social reform, social engineering, child custody

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