Fathering After Violence.

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Year Published
2006
Author (Organization)
Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
This fact sheet lists the guiding principles of Fathering After Violence (FAV), a national initiative developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) and its partners to enhance the safety and well-being of women and children by motivating men to renounce their violence and become better fathers (or father figures) and more supportive parenting partners. The principles include: the safety of women and children is always the first priority; work with fathers must be continually informed and guided by the experiences of battered women and their children; FAV does not endorse nor encourage automatic contact between the offending fathers and their children or parenting partners; there must be critical awareness of the cultural context in which parenting happens in any domestic violence intervention; abuse is a deliberate choice and a learned behavior and therefore can be unlearned; some men choose to change their abusive behavior and heal their relationships while others continue to choose violence; working with fathers is an essential piece of ending violence against women and children; fathers who have used violence need close observation to mitigate unintended harm; service coordination among providers of domestic violence services is essential; and the reparative process between abusive fathers and their children often is long and complex and is not appropriate for all men.

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