Journal article

Child protection and fathering where there is domestic violence: Contradictions and consequences

Joanie Smith, Cathy Humphreys

CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Children live in different contexts of protection and vulnerability when exposed to domestic violence. The negative impacts for many children are consistent and widely acknowledged. However, the implication that this requires men who use violence to address their fathering has been slower to emerge. This article draws from 69 in-depth qualitative interviews with men, women, and workers across four men's behaviour change programmes in rural Victoria, Australia. Particular attention is given to men's attitudes to their fathering and the formal and informal consequences they experienced as a result of their violence and its impact on their fathering. Although most men came to recognize that the..

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