As part of its 2013 Webinar Series on “Researcher-Practitioner Discourse on Initiatives to End Violence Against Women,” the Battered Women’s Justice Project is offering a January 14 2013 3:00- 4:30 pm (Eastern time) webinar on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence with David Mandel, MA, LPC and Gabrielle Davis, J. D. who is an attorney with the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Hosted by Barbara Hart, J.D. and Kari Sonmore, the description of the webinar follows:
Description: Domestic violence is often defined as the perpetration of coercive control by one adult against another in an intimate relationship. In reality, domestic violence perpetrators frequently engage in a web of behaviors that also directly and indirectly involve their children. An effective response to domestic violence and child maltreatment begins with a holistic understanding of the tactics batterers use to impact the entire family. This means using a framework that goes beyond witnessing to include direct child abuse, using the child as weapon against the other parent, undermining a partner’s parenting and the myriad pathways by which perpetrators impact housing stability, mental health, school performance and other basic needs. This broader, more holistic understanding of perpetrator”s behavior is essential if we are going to hold batterers responsible as fathers, and set high expectations for behavior change. It also is the key to breaking the gender double standard that often blames mothers for the harm to children created by the perpetrator’s behavior, and breaking domestic violence survivors’ entrapment in the child welfare system. This webinar will explore Safe and Together model (TM) and other perspectives on creating a more holistic response to the harm domestic violence perpetrators cause families.
The webinar is open to OVW grantees and the public. To learn more about the webinar or to register, click here.