Moving beyond the narrow clinical perspective sometimes applied to viewing the emotional and developmental risks to battered children, The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics, Second Edition offers a view that takes into account the complex ways in which a batterer’s abusive and controlling behaviors are woven into the fabric of daily life. This book is a guide for therapists, child protective workers, family and juvenile court personnel, and other human service providers in addressing the complex impact that batterers—specifically, male batterers of a domestic partner when there are children in the household—have on family functioning. In addition to providing an understanding of batterers as parents and family members, the book also supplies clearly delineated approaches to such practice issues as assessing risk to children (including perpetrating incest), parenting issues in child custody and visitation evaluation, and impact on children's therapeutic process and family functioning in child protective practice.

The Battering Problem

The battering problem

Over the past 10 years, the traumatic effects on children of exposure to batterers have increasingly entered the public and professional eye. In the United States, 10% or more of women in relationships experience violence each year (Duffy, McGrath, Becker, & Linakis, 1999; M. Straus & Gelles, 1990), and a high percentage of these assaults are witnessed by one or more children, leading to an estimated 7 million or more children being exposed to acts of domestic violence per year (McDonald, Jouriles, Ramisetty-Mikler, Caetano, & Green, 2006; review in Fantuzzo & Mohr, 1999). Domestic violence is perpetrated at higher rates toward mothers than toward women who do not have children (Denham et al., 2007; McDonald et al., 2006). A study ...

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