The Batterer as Parent; Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-09-14
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
The Battering Problemp. 1
Defining Batterersp. 4
Characteristics of Batterersp. 6
Misconceptions About Batterersp. 22
Summaryp. 32
Power Parenting: The Batterer's Style With Childrenp. 33
Typical Characteristics of Batterers as Parentsp. 33
Effects on Children of Exposure to Domestic Violencep. 42
Child Abusep. 54
The Batterer as Role Modelp. 60
Children's Outlook on the Battererp. 66
Summaryp. 67
Shock Waves: The Batterer's Impact on the Homep. 69
Undermining of the Mother's Authorityp. 72
Effects on Mother-Child Relationshipsp. 80
Use of Children as Weapons Against the Motherp. 92
The Batterer's Impact on Other Aspects of Family Functioningp. 98
Resilience in Mother-Child and in Sibling Relationshipsp. 103
Summaryp. 105
The Batterer as Incest Perpetratorp. 107
Lundy Bancroft and Margaret Miller Review of Studiesp. 107
The Predatory Child Molester Versus the Incest Perpetratorp. 110
Shared Tactics of Batterers and Incest Perpetratorsp. 112
Shared Attitudes of Batterers and Incest Perpetratorsp. 115
Implications of the Overlap for Professional Responsep. 118
Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody and Visitation Disputesp. 119
Summaryp. 122
Impeding Recovery: The Batterer as Parent Postseparationp. 123
Creating a Context for Children's Healingp. 128
Batterers' Postseparation Conduct With Childrenp. 131
Batterers' Motivations for Seeking Custody or Increased Visitationp. 140
Batterers' Advantages in Custody Disputesp. 142
Batterers' Tactics in Custody and Visitation Disputesp. 154
Effects on Children of Custody Litigationp. 161
Summaryp. 161
The Mismeasure of Batterers as Parents: A Critique of Prevailing Theories of Assessmentp. 163
Influential Theories of Divorcep. 164
The Use of a Domestic Violence Typology to Assess Risk to Childrenp. 177
The Overlooked Implications of Johnston, Campbell, and Roseby's Own Observationsp. 185
Summaryp. 187
Supporting Recovery: Assessing Risk to Children From Batterers and Structuring Visitationp. 189
Sources of Risk to Children From Unsupervised Contact With Batterersp. 192
A Guide to Assessing Risk to Children From Batterersp. 198
Structuring Custody and Visitationp. 214
Summaryp. 221
Is It Real? Assessing and Fostering Change in Batterers as Parentsp. 223
Steps to Change in Batterersp. 225
Misconceptions Regarding Change in Batterersp. 228
Evaluating Change in Batterers as Parentsp. 229
Creating a Context for Changep. 231
Summaryp. 233
Improving Community Responses to the Parenting of Batterersp. 235
Child Advocates, Child and Family Therapists, and Programs for Children Exposed to Domestic Violencep. 239
Custody Evaluatorsp. 250
Family Courtsp. 255
Child Protection Systems and Courts With Protective Jurisdictionp. 261
Parent Trainersp. 265
Psychological Evaluatorsp. 267
Batterer Programs and Fatherhood Programsp. 268
Battered Women's Programsp. 270
Supervised Visitation Centersp. 271
Family Lawyers and Bar Associationsp. 272
Police Departmentsp. 273
Researchersp. 273
Summaryp. 276
Referencesp. 277
Indexp. 309
About the Authorsp. 325
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