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 9: Improving Community Responses to the Parenting of Batterers
Improving Community Responses to the Parenting of Batterers
The understandings about the parenting of batterers that have been reviewed in the preceding chapters have far-reaching implications for professional practice. Improved intervention with battering fathers has the potential to contribute to emotional and physical safety for battered women and their children and in the long term to improve the quality of life for batterers themselves. This chapter offers specific suggestions for professionals in a range of areas, including therapists, child protective personnel, family and juvenile courts, domestic violence programs, custody evaluators, and supervised visitation centers. These recommendations may need to be adapted to fit the needs of various cultural or immigrant groups or may not be appropriate for some ...