Current family policy approaches emphasise the significance of paternal involvement in children's lives, yet there has been a silence on violent and abusive fathering in these discourses. This is the first UK book to specifically focus on violent fathering discussing original research in the context of domestic violence and emerging practice literature to address this problem.
The book examines fathers' perceptions of their domestic violence and its impact on children, their relationships with children and their parenting practices. It will be of interest to academics and professionals in family and child welfare policy, socio-legal studies, social work, criminology and other disciplines with an interest in domestic violence and child protection.
Lynne Harne has been researching and teaching about issues of violence against women and children for many years. She has previously been a senior lecturer in criminology and is currently an honorary research associate at the University of Bristol and a visiting lecturer at Westminster University.
Introduction; Fathers' violence and children's perspectives; Changing discourses of fatherhood in family policies; Violent fathering, perspectives, research and practice; Abusive fathering; Rehabilitating violent fathers; The need for change.
"This book is well written in an informal, accessible way, and is interesting and informative ... I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in domestic violence but particularly to current and future policy makers and practitioners." Network magazine, SPA
"This book will stimulate a lot of personal reflection in practitioners who strive to protect children from harm." Probation journal
"Lynne Harne gives a stark insight to the risks for children's well-being from domestically violent fathers. Based on violent fathers' own accounts the book raises essential questions about the inappropriate and unsafe parenting practices engaged in by these men." Professor Marianne Hester, Chair in Gender, Violence & International Policy, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
"This book provides a convincing critique of the pro-contact bias in family law giving new insights into violent fathers' views about children. It is a valuable resource for students and practitioners of family law, child protection and criminal justice." Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC