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.

Impeding Recovery: The Batterer as Parent Postseparation

Impeding recovery: The batterer as parent postseparation

When a batterer and his partner separate, an important new phase opens in his role as a parent. As a period of separation begins, a number of questions regarding the children have to be sorted out by the family members: How much time will their father be spending with them? How much control will the children and their mother have over when and how the children spend time with him? How will it be for the children to spend extended periods of time with the batterer without the presence of their mother and without access to her? Given that separation tends to occur amid potent bad feelings in both parents, how will ...

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