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

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

Paperback Sage Series on Violence Against Women (Paperback)

By (author) Daniel Ritchie, By (author) Jay G. Silverman, By (author) R. Lundy Bancroft

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412972051
  • ISBN 13: 9781412972055
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 110,064

Product description

The Batterer as Parent 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 a batterer's risk to children, including perpetrating incest; assessing a batterer's parenting issues in child custody and visitation evaluation; and evaluating the batterer's impact on children's therapeutic process and family functioning in child protective practice.New to the Second EditionIncreased focus on diversity; updates on race and culture Increased focus on the child's perspective Increased use of tables and figures for illustrative purposesAddition of more cases examplesFeatures and benefits include: Detailed descriptions of the family dynamics engendered by domestic violence.Provides an analysis of the well-established overlap between battering and incest perpetration.The book is grounded in very extensive clinical experience with authors who have been involved in the cases of over 2000 men who batter as counselors, supervisor of other counselors, custody evaluators, and researchers. The book includes detailed, specific recommendations 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.

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Lundy Bancroft has 14 years of counseling and clinical supervising experience in over 2,000 cases working with batterers. He also served extensively as a custody evaluator and child abuse investigator, appeared as an expert witness in child custody and welfare cases, and led groups for teenage boys exposed to domestic violence. He has been training judges, probation officers and other court personnel on men who batter and on battering's effects on children. He co-authored articles in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Contemporary Psychology and is co-creator of two nationally marketed curricula, one for working with batterers and one for teen-dating violence in schools. In addition, he completed a study for the state of Massachusetts on approaches to meeting the service needs of children exposed to domestic violence. Jay Silverman is Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health at the University of California at San Diego. He is a developmental psychologist with 20 years of experience in domestic violence, including direct counseling experience with hundreds of men who batter. He has led multiple, large-scale international and domestic research programs on issues of gender-based violence against women and girls; this work has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed studies. His research has included examinations of the social contextual influences on the etiology of male-perpetrated partner violence, the nature and health consequences of adolescent dating violence, history of child abuse among men who perpetrate partner violence, judicial behavior and the experiences of battered mothers in child custody cases, the role of partner violence in men's transmission of HIV to their female partners, the nature and HIV risks associated with trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, and the roles of partner violence in unintended and teen pregnancy, coercion regarding abortion, pregnancy loss, and infant and child morbidity and mortality. Daniel Ritchie, M.S.W., has worked with military veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse and with children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of psychosocial issues including domestic violence. He has contributed to work published in Smith College Studies in Social Work.

Review quote

"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

Table of contents

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