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

Second Edition


September 2011 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
1. The Battering Problem
Defining Batterers

 
Characteristics of Batterers

 
Misconceptions About Batterers

 
Summary

 
 
2. Power Parenting: The Batterer's Style With Children
Typical Characteristics of Batterers as Parents

 
Effects on Children of Exposure to Domestic Violence

 
Child Abuse

 
The Batterer as Role Model

 
Children's Outlook on the Batterer

 
Summary

 
 
3. Shock Waves: The Batterer's Impact on the Home
Undermining of the Mother's Authority

 
Effects on Mother-Child Relationships

 
Use of Children as Weapons Against the Mother

 
The Batterer's Impact on Other Aspects of Family Functioning

 
Resilience in Mother-Child and in Sibling Relationships

 
Summary

 
 
4. The Batterer as Incest Perpetrator
Review of Studies

 
The Predatory Child Molester Versus the Incest Perpetrator

 
Shared Tactics of Batterers and Incest Perpetrators

 
Shared Attitudes of Batterers and Incest Perpetrators

 
Implications of the Overlap for Professional Response

 
Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody and Visitation Disputes

 
Summary

 
 
5. Impeding Recovery: The Batterer as Parent Postseparation
Creating a Context for Children's Healing

 
Batterers' Postseparation Conduct With Children

 
Batterers' Motivations for Seeking Custody or Increased Visitation

 
Batterers' Advantages in Custody Disputes

 
Batterers' Tactics in Custody and Visitation Disputes

 
Effects on Children of Custody Litigation

 
Summary

 
 
6. The Mismeasure of Batterers as Parents: A Critique of Prevailing Theories and Assessment
Influential Theories of Divorce

 
The Use of a Domestic Violence Typology to Assess Risk to Children

 
Risk to Children: The Overlooked Implications of Johnston, Campbell, and Roseby's Own Observations

 
Summary

 
 
7. Supporting Recovery: Assessing Risk to Children From Batterers and Structuring Visitation
Sources of Risk to Children From Unsupervised Contact With Batterers

 
A Guide to Assessing Risk to Children From Batterers

 
Structuring Custody and Visitation

 
Summary

 
 
8. Is It Real? Assessing and Fostering Change in Batterers as Parents
Steps to Change in Batterers

 
Misconceptions Regarding Change in Batterers

 
Evaluating Change in Batterers as Parents

 
Creating a Context for Change

 
Summary

 
 
9. Improving Community Responses to the Parenting of Batterers
Children's Advocates, Child and Family Therapists, and Programs for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

 
Custody Evaluators

 
Family Courts

 
Child Protection Systems and Courts With Protective Jurisdiction

 
Parent Trainers

 
Psychological Evaluators

 
Batterer Programs and Fatherhood Programs

 
Battered Women's Programs

 
Supervised Visitation Centers

 
Family Lawyers and Bar Associations

 
Police Departments

 
Researchers

 
Summary

 
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"This highly readable, excellent text will serve professionals and students in varied fields who come into contact with families exposed to battering. The background and experiences of the authors are a major strength informing the book. The text is chock full of essential information gleaned from extensive clinical practice. A second major strength is their focus on family climate and dynamics influenced by the batterer, rather than approaching the child-parent relationship in terms of discrete incidents that may have been witnessed by the child. This approach resonates with my clinical experience, while much current research still uses an incident-based approach. I have one leg in the clinical practice world and the other in research/teaching, and from my vantage point it is exciting to read clinical wisdom and experiences summarized thematically that can inspire highly relevant empirical research. I would certainly purchase a copy of the Second Edition for my own professional use, and I wish that it were required reading for professionals intervening with children exposed to batterers, particularly chills welfare professionals."

Amy Chanmugam
University of Texas Austin
Key features

New to this Edition:

  • Increased focus on diversity with updates on race and culture infused throughout and on the child's perspective.
  • Expanded discussion of parental alienation theories.

Features and Benefits:

  • Detailed descriptions of the family dynamics engendered by domestic violence.
  • Analysis provided of the well-established overlap between battering and incest perpetration.
  • Grounded in very extensive clinical experience with authors who have been involved as counselors, supervisor of other counselors, custody evaluators, and researchers in the cases of over 2,000 men who batter.
  • Detailed and specific recommendations included for a wide range of practitioners, including domestic violence professionals, therapists, custody evaluators, family court personnel, juvenile court personnel, child protective personnel, parent educators, and visitation supervisors

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

1. The Battering Problem

3. Shock Waves


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