This book examines children's experiences and perspectives on living with domestic violence. It offers a detailed explanation of the impact on children living with domestic violence, how children make sense of and cope with their experiences, the response they receive from various agencies and the fit between what children feel they need and what in reality they receive. Drawing on the newest research both in the United Kingdom and internationally, the authors bring together current policy and practice in relation to children living with abuse and offer a critique from the perspective of children's voices.
Chapter 8: Life with a Violent Father
Life with a Violent Father
It is not surprising that the in-depth phase of our research revealed very difficult relationships between children and their fathers or their mothers' partners – on a level quite different from the problems we saw in the last chapter between some children and their mothers. Yet only the specialist literature on domestic violence and some elements of that on child abuse tend to reveal the issues involved with violent men as fathers. The more general research on fatherhood has other preoccupations.
The literature on fatherhood and fathering has burgeoned since the 1980s (at least in the English-speaking industrialized countries). This has been largely a product of concern about rising divorce rates, births outside marriage and the ...