Parenting by Men Who Batter: New Directions for Assessment and Intervention

Hardcover | December 14, 2006

EditorJeffrey L. Edleson, Oliver J. Williams

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What is the best way to work with fathers who have a history of abusive behavior? This question is among the thorniest that social service and criminal justice professionals must deal with in their careers, and in this essential new work Jeffrey L. Edleson, Oliver J. Williams, and a group ofinternational colleagues examine the host of equally difficult issues that surround it. Beginning with the voices of mothers and fathers who speak about men's contact with and parenting of their children, the authors then examine court and mental health services perspectives on how much involvement violent men should have in their children's lives. The second half of the bookshowcases programs such as the Boston-based Fathering After Violence initiative and the Caring Dads program in Canada, which introduce non-abusive parenting concepts and skills to batterers and have developed useful guidelines for intervention with these fathers. Visionary but also practical, Parenting by Men Who Batter distills the most relevant policy issues, research findings, and practice considerations for those who coordinate batterer programs or work with families, the courts, and the child welfare system. It guides professionals in understandingmen who batter, assessing their parenting skills, making decisions about custody and visitation, and modeling treatment programs that engage fathers in their children's lives while maximizing safety.

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What is the best way to work with fathers who have a history of abusive behavior? This question is among the thorniest that social service and criminal justice professionals must deal with in their careers, and in this essential new work Jeffrey L. Edleson, Oliver J. Williams, and a group ofinternational colleagues examine the host of ...

Jeffrey L. Edleson is a Professor in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. Over the past two decades Dr. Edleson has conducted intervention research at the Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis and served as a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Contro...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195309030

ISBN - 13:9780195309034

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Table of Contents

1. Jeffrey L. Edleson and Oliver J. Williams: Introduction: Involving Men Who Batter in Their Children's Lives2. Shared Parenting After Abuse: Battered Mothers' Perspectives on Parenting After Dissolution of a RelationshipChapter Inserts: Fathers' Voices on Parenting and Violence. Tricia Bent-Goodley and Oliver J. Williams: 3. Peter G. Jaffe and Claire V. Crooks: Assessing the Best Interests of the Child: Visitation and Custody in Cases of Domestic Violence4. Betsy McAlister Groves, Patricia Van Horn, and Alicia F. Lieberman: Deciding on Fathers' Involvement in Their Children's Treatment After Domestic Violence5. Einat Peled and Guy Peel: A Conceptual Framework for Intervening in the Parenting of Men Who Batter6. Katreena L. Scott, Karen J. Francis, Claire V. Crooks, Michelle Paddon, and David A. Wolfe: Guidelines for Intervention With Abusive Fathers7. Juan Carlos Arean and Lonna Davis: Working With Fathers in Batterer Intervention Programs: Lessons From the Fathering After Violence Project8. Ricardo Cardillo and Jerry Tello: Latino Fathers in Recovery9. Cris M. Sullivan: Evaluating Parenting Programs for Men Who Batter: Current Considerations and Controversies

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"This book breathes the fresh air of hope and reason into an old debateIt provides a unique and concise integration of findings from both research and practice. It summarizes the relevant research about abusive men as parents as well as the effects of domestic violence on children. Just asimportantly, it clues us into the perspectives of mothers, fathers, and children who experience domestic violence and tells us what they want Beyond this, the book shows how men with histories of domestic violence can be helped to become better parents in ways that are safe and responsible to theneeds of children and their mothers."-- David Adams, Ed.D., Co-Director, Emerge, and Facilitator, Responsible Fatherhood Program at Emerge