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 4: The Batterer as Incest Perpetrator: Lundy Bancroft and Margaret Miller
The Batterer as Incest Perpetrator: Lundy Bancroft and Margaret Miller
Although numerous published studies have found an overlap between domestic violence and incest perpetration, there is a notable lack of published analysis of this phenomenon. For example, a comprehensive overview of research on domestic violence (Jasinski & Williams, 1998) did not mention this overlap, and a review of risk factors for sexual abuse did not mention battering as a possible perpetrator characteristic (Milner, 1998). We have been able to find only one publication regarding evaluation of sexual abuse allegations that recommends considering a history of violence on the part of the alleged perpetrator as a factor (Thoennes & Pearson, 1988a). We believe that careful examination of ...