10.2 A.    Research and Evaluations


Into the Foreground: an Evaluation of the Jacana Parenting Programme

Coy, M. Thiara, R. Phillips, R (2011)

The Jacana Parenting Service was a pilot programme developed and delivered in partnership between the nia project and Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) to support parents affected by current and historic domestic violence (DV) in Hackney. The programme offered separate interventions for men as perpetrators and support to women as victim-survivors, using individual and group work, and was funded by the Parenting Fund.

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Abusers' Perceptions of the Effect of Their Intimate Partner Violence on Children

Rothman, E. F. et al. (2007) [abstract]

This American article analyses the attitudes and behavioural intentions of 464 partner-abusive fathers. Biological fathers were found to be more likely than social fathers to express concern about the effects of their abuse on their children. However, biological fathers were no more likely than social fathers to report intentions to stop their violence or otherwise take action to mitigate the harm of intimate partner violence exposure to their children. The findings suggest that fathers' statements of concern may be poor indicators of their intentions to refrain from abusive behaviour.

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Domestic violence: Protecting children by involving fathers and helping mothers

Lavergne, C. et al. (2003)

A Canadian resource which looks at the impact and prevalence of domestic violence on children and the need for services to involve mothers and support fathers.

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Childcare, violence and fathering – Are violent fathers who look after their children, likely to be less abusive?

Harne, L. (2002)

This paper is based on exploratory qualitative research with 20 fathers who had been identified as domestically violent and were separated or divorced from their partners. Most of these fathers had contact with their children in the post-separation context. This is the first UK study with violent men specifically focusing on their fathering practices. The sample was drawn from men who volunteered to be interviewed and were attending perpetrator programmes in different geographical areas of England. The findings in this study, although exploratory, suggest that the relationship between violent fathers’ participation in childcare and their direct abuse of children were far more complex and contradictory than indicated in the previous research highlighted above.

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Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation – Getting it Wrong in Child Custody Cases

Bruch, C.S. (2001)

This article from the USA examines mental health and legal responses when children resist visits with noncustodial parents. In 'Parental Alienation Syndrome' and 'Alienated Children', it finds a lack of rigorous analysis that endangers children. The author concludes by suggesting better ways to evaluate new theories from the social sciences.

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Understanding the Batterer in Custody and Visitation Disputes

Bancroft, L. R. (1998)

This American article is drawn largely from the author's ten years of experience working as a counsellor and supervisor in programs for abusive men, involving contact with some 1500 abusers, and hundreds of their victims, over that period.

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Why (and How) Working with Abusive and At-Risk Fathers can Improve the Safety and Well-Being of Women and Children

Scot, K.

A presentation from Canada which examines the gaps in services to families and highlights how they fail to make interventions to address the needs of fathers. It examines how interventions with fathers have the potential to improve the safety and well being of children and how successful interventions must be guided by clearly articulated principles and supported by strong community collaborations.

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