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 6: The Mismeasure of Batterers as Parents: A Critique of Prevailing Theories of Assessment
The Mismeasure of Batterers as Parents: A Critique of Prevailing Theories of Assessment
Responses by courts, child protective services, and therapists to the parenting of batterers, particularly after separation, can be influenced in problematic directions by currently influential models of assessment. These models are largely a product of the misapplication of prevailing theories of divorce and separation to cases involving domestic violence. At the root of these theoretical problems appears to be a failure to recognize domestic violence as a highly specialized field to which models and theories from other disciplines cannot be readily applied. We center our discussion on the theories and recommendations proposed by Janet Johnston, Joan Kelly, Michael Johnson, Linda ...