Addressing the Abuser


Parenting groups for men who have battered women should focus as much on hostility to women as they do on father-child relationships, according to a new paper from the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women.

The paper notes that parenting interventions for men who batter should include reflection on intergenerational patterns of violence, emphasis on teaching that the abuse of a child's mother is also harmful to the child and program content that addresses the need for accountability for past abuse.

When fathers are not included in domestic abuse interventions, mothers often “become solely responsible for assessing, monitoring, and responding to concerns about fathers' parenting,” according to the paper.

Read the document here.

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