Violence, power and the meanings of fatherhood in issues of child contact

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This study was the first in the UK to conduct in-depth research with violent fathers about their parenting practices, when having contact with their children, post-separation. It found considerable shortcomings in their parenting practices leading to risks of direct abuse and a lack of willingness to consider the needs of their children, or the impact of their violent and abusive behaviour on them, when they were responsible for their care, during contact.

A key objective of the post-doctoral fellowship is to disseminate these findings more widely to academics and professionals in the socio-legal and child protection fields who are concerned with the assessment of risk and decision-making about children’s contact with a violent parent on separation and divorce. This will be achieved through writing refereed journal articles, developing a book proposal and dissemination of the findings at conferences. Other aims include developing further research proposals arising out of the research findings.

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