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.

Shock Waves: The Batterer's Impact on the Home

Shock waves: The batterer's impact on the home

The typical behavior of batterers, both as partners and as parents, can have far-reaching effects on all aspects of family functioning (Graham-Bermann & Levendosky, 2011; Mullender et al., 2002; McGee, 2000; Hurley & Jaffe, 1990). In fact, a batterer's parenting cannot properly be spoken of apart from his other behaviors because his full pattern of conduct has important implications for family dynamics, as we will see. The effects on children of this damage to family bonds have not been the subject of extensive examination, yet they may be among the principal causes of the symptoms so widely demonstrated to accompany exposure to domestic violence. Few studies have addressed the impact ...

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