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

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

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(p.119) Eight A visible or invisible child? Professionals’ approaches to children whose father is violent towards their mother
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Tackling men's violence in families
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Eriksson Maria

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346032.003.0008

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

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