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.
Chapter 2: Power Parenting: The Batterer's Style with Children
Power Parenting: The Batterer's Style with Children
Having reviewed the behavioral and attitudinal characteristics of domestic violence perpetrators, we can now examine batterers' typical style as parents. We divide this discussion into two sections, looking first at overall tendencies in batterers' interactions with children and then specifically examining the risk of child abuse. As we will indicate, the predominant weaknesses in the child rearing of batterers in large part follow predictably from the central elements of the profile that we have already elucidated in Chapter 1.
Typical Characteristics of Batterers as Parents
Both our clinical experience and published studies reveal a set of recurring themes in the parenting of batterers that are present at sub-stantially greater rates than in the parenting ...