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Letting them get away with it: Fathers, domestic violence and child welfare'

Featherstone, Brid and Peckover, Sue (2007) Letting them get away with it: Fathers, domestic violence and child welfare'. Critical Social Policy, 27 (2). pp. 181-202. ISSN 0261-0183

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    Abstract

    Recent developments at policy, legislative and practice levels have led to
    the mainstreaming of domestic violence as a child welfare issue. However,
    research evidence would suggest that familiar and well established
    tensions in service provision to women and children continue to be
    recycled. Moreover, there remains a central dichotomy in relation to
    men. Constructed as perpetrators or offenders, their identities as fathers
    remain invisible with serious consequences for the development of
    policies and practices which engage with them as ‘domestically violent
    fathers’. The discursive removal of violent men from the category of
    father or indeed parent needs addressing in order to support women and
    children, but also to offer possibilities for men to develop non-violent
    parenting and partnering relationship patterns.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 40 (Social Work and Social Policy and Administration) Copyright © 2007 Critical Social Policy Ltd
    Uncontrolled Keywords: men, perpetrators, policies, practices, re-focusing
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2007
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 15:24
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/379

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