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Working with Fathers Around Domestic Violence: Contemporary Debates

NCJ Number
Child Abuse Review Volume: 21 Issue: 4 Dated: July - August 2012 Pages: 255-263
Brid Featherstone; Claire Fraser
Date Published
August 2012
9 pages
This article discusses interventions with fathers who were domestically violent.
This article discusses the issues that emerged from a small consultation exercise with academics and practitioners in the field of domestic violence on their perceptions of practice interventions with fathers who were domestically violent. The exercise suggests that there has been a growth in such interventions especially in the United Kingdom over the last decade as a result of the recognition of domestic violence as a child protection issue. There are tensions, however, and these mapped onto tensions between interventions located in working with perpetrators and more recent interventions that have a focus on fathers. More importantly, tensions about what kinds of practice interventions were most desirable were linked to wider debates within practice about the merits of set programs versus more individualized responses. Respondents expressed concern about the lack of evidence on effectiveness on programs. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.