d) Domestic and family violence, children, fathers, and family law

NOTE: For materials on violence prevention and reduction work with fathers, see the section on Working with fathers.


In relation to fathers in particular

Adhia, A., & Jeong, J. (2019). Fathers’ perpetration of intimate partner violence and parenting during early childhood: Results from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Child abuse & neglect, 96, 104103.

Bancroft, L., and J. G. Silverman (2002). The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Cavanagh, K, Dobash, RE and Dobash, RP 2007 The murder of children by fathers in the context of child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, Vol 31, issue 7 july 2007 p731-746.

Chan, K. L., Emery, C. R., Fulu, E., Tolman, R. M., & Ip, P. (2017). Association Among Father Involvement, Partner Violence, and Paternal Health: UN Multi-Country Cross-Sectional Study on Men and Violence. Am J Prev Med. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.12.017

Coohey, C. (2006). Physically abusive fathers and risk assessment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 30(5): 467-480.

Domoney, J., Fulton, E., Stanley, N., McIntyre, A., Heslin, M., Byford, S., ... & Trevillion, K. (2019). For Baby’s Sake: Intervention Development and Evaluation Design of a Whole-Family Perinatal Intervention to Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 1-13.

Dubowitz, Howard, Maureen M. Black, Mia A. Kerr, Raymond H. Starr, and Donna Harrington. (2000). Fathers and Child Neglect. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., Vol. 154 No. 2, February: 135-141.

Edleson, J., and O. Williams. (eds.). (2007). Fathering by Men Who Batter. New York: Oxford University Press.

Eriksson, Maria. (2002). Men’s violence, men’s parenting and gender politics in Sweden. Nora, 10(1), pp. 6-15.

Featherstone, B., and S. Peckover. (2007). Letting them get away with it: Fathers, domestic violence and child welfare. Critical Social Policy, 27(2): 181-202.

Fish, E., M. McKenzie, and H. MacDonald. (2009). “Bad Mothers and Invisible Fathers”: Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence. Discussion Paper No. 7, Melbourne: Domestic Violence Resource Centre.

Guille, L. (2004). Men who batter and their children: an integrated review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 9(2): 129-163.

Harne, Lynne. (2003). Childcare, violence and fathering: Are violent fathers who look after their children less likely to abuse? In Klein, R. and Waller, B. (eds.) Gender, Conflict and Violence, Vienna, Studien Verlag Wien.

Harne, Lynne. (2005). Researching Violent Fathers. pp. 167–87 in T. Skinner, M. Hester and E. Malos (eds) Researching Gender Violence: Feminist Methodology in Action. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.

Harne, Lynne. (2011). Violent fathering and the risks to children: The need for change. Policy Press.

Heward-Belle, S. (2015). The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. Australian Social Work, [ahead-of-print]. DOI:10.1080/0312407X.2015.1057748

Mohaupt, H., Duckert, F. (2016). Parental reflective functioning in fathers who use intimate partner violence: Findings from a Norwegian clinical sample. Nordic Psychology, [ahead-of-print]. DOI:10.1080/19012276.2016.1162107

Peled, E. (2000). Parenting by Men Who Abuse Women: Issues and Dilemmas. British Journal of Social Work, 3: 25–36.

Perel, G. and E. Peled (2008). The Fathering of Violent Men: Constriction and Yearning. Violence Against Women, 14(4): 457-482.

Poole, G. M., & Murphy, C. M. (2019). Fatherhood status as a predictor of intimate partner violence (IPV) treatment engagement. Psychology of Violence, 9(3), 340-349. doi:10.1037/vio0000124

Rakil, M. (2006). Are Men Who Use Violence Against Their Partners and Children Good Enough Fathers? The Need for an Integrated Child Perspective in Treatment Work with Men. pp. 190–203 in C. Humphreys and N. Stanley (eds) Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Directions for Good Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Roulet, Marguerite. (2003). Fatherhood Programs and Domestic Violence. Center for Family Policy and Practice.

Sikweyiya, Y., Nduna, M., Khuzwayo, N., Mthombeni, A., & Mashamba-Thompson, T. P. (2016). Gender-based violence and absent fathers: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 6(6). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010154

Williams, Oliver, Jacquelyn Boggess, and Janet Carter. (2001). Fatherhood and Domestic
Violence: Exploring the Role of Men Who Batter in the Lives of Their Children. In Sandra A. Graham-Bermann and Jeffrey L. Edleson, eds. Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children: TheFuture of Research, Intervention, and Social Policy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 157-187.


Other works

Bailey, Alice. (2007). Separating safety from situational violence: a response to the AIFS report. DVIRC Quarterly, No. 3 Spring: 11-14.

Bala, Nicholas M. C., Mindy Mitnick, Nico Trocme, and Claire Houston. (2007). Sexual abuse allegations and parental separation: smokescreen or fire? Journal of Family Studies, v. 13 no. 1 May - Jun 2007: 26-56.

Brown, T., and R. Alexander. (2007). Child Abuse and Family Law: Understanding the issues facing human service and legal professionals. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Bruch, C. (2006). Sound research or wishful thinking in child custody cases? Lessons from relocation law. Family Law Quarterly, 40, 281-282.

Cuthbert, C., Slote, K., Ghosh Driggers, M., Mesh, C. J., Bancroft, L., & Silverman, J. (2002). Battered Mothers Speak Out: A human rights report on domestic violence and child custody in the Massachusetts courts. Wellesley, Massachussetts: Wellesley Centers for Women.

Death, J., Ferguson, C., & Burgess, K. (2019). Parental alienation, coaching and the best interests of the child: Allegations of child sexual abuse in the Family Court of Australia. Child Abuse & Neglect, 94, 104045.

Elizabeth, V. (2020). The affective burden of separated mothers in PA(S) inflected custody law systems: a New Zealand case study. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42(1), 118-129. doi:10.1080/09649069.2020.1701943

Epstein, D., & Goodman, L. (2018). Discounting Women: Doubting Domestic Violence Survivors’ Credibility and Dismissing Their Experiences. Georgetown University Law Center Scholarship@ Georgetown Law.

Fineman, Martha A. (1991). The Illusion of Equality: The Rhetoric and Reality of Divorce Reform. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Francia, L., Millear, P., & Sharman, R. (2019). Addressing family violence post separation–mothers and fathers’ experiences from Australia. Journal of Child Custody, 16(3), 211-235.

Francia, L., Millear, P., & Sharman, R. (2019). Mothers and fathers’ experiences of high conflict past two years post separation: A systematic review of the qualitative literature. Journal of Child Custody, 16(2), 170-196. doi:10.1080/15379418.2019.1617821

Geffner, R. Jaffe, P., and Sudermann, M. (2000). Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. Haworth Press.

Gildea, L. S. (2011). Introduction to parental alienation analysis, domestic violence, and gender bias in Minnesota courts. Law & Ineq., 29, 1.

Goldfarb, D., Priolo-Filho, S., Sampana, J., Shestowsky, D., Wolpe, S., Williams, L. C., & Goodman, G. S. (2019). International comparison of family court professionals’ perceptions of parental alienation and child sexual abuse allegations. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice, 2(4), 323-341.

Gutowski, E., & Goodman, L. A. (2019). “Like I’m Invisible”: IPV Survivor-Mothers’ Perceptions of Seeking Child Custody through the Family Court System. Journal of Family Violence, 1-17.

Harman, J. J., Kruk, E., & Hines, D. A. (2018). Parental alienating behaviors: An unacknowledged form of family violence. Psychological bulletin, 144(12), 1275.

Harrison, C. (2008). Implacably Hostile or Appropriately Protective?: Women Managing Child Contact in the Context of Domestic Violence. Violence Against Women, 14(4): 381-405.

Hayes, B. E. (2012). Abusive men’s indirect control of their partner during the process of separation. Journal of Family Violence, 27(4), 333-344.

Humphreys, C. (2007). Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Challenging Directions for Practice. Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, Issues Paper No. 13, May.

Humphreys, C., and N. Stanley. (eds.). (2006). Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Directions for Good Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Jaffe, P. G., C. V. Crooks, and S. E. Poisson. (2003). Common misconceptions in addressing domestic violence in child custody disputes. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Fall, 57-68.

Jaffe, P. G., Lemon, N. K., & Poisson, S. E. (2003). Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Jaffe, Peter G., Claire V. Crooks, and David A. Wolfe. (2003). Legal and Policy Responses to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: The Need to Evaluate Intended and Unintended Consequences. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review 6 (3): 205-213.

Johnson, Ida M., and Robert T. Sigler. (2000). Public Perceptions: The Stability of the Public’s Endorsement of the Definition and Criminalization of the Abuse of Women. Journal of Criminal Justice 28 (3): 165-179.

Johnson, N. E., D. P. Saccuzzo, and W. J. Koen. (2005). Child Custody Mediation in Cases of Domestic Violence: Empirical Evidence of a Failure to Protect. Violence Against Women, 11(8): 1022-1053.

Johnston, J. R. (1992). High Conflict and Violent Parents in Family Court: Findings on Children’s Adjustment and Proposed Guidelines for the Resolution of Custody and Visitation Disputes, Section III: Proposed Guidelines for Custody and Visitation for Cases with Domestic Violence. Corta Madera, CA: Center for the Family in Transition.

Johnston, J. R. (1994). High conflict divorce. The Future of Children, 4, 164-182.

Johnston, J. R., Soyoung, L., Olesen, N. W., & Walters, M. G. (2005). Allegations and substantiations of abuse in custody-disputing families. Family Court Review, 43, 283-294.

Johnston, Janet R., Linda K. Girder, and Inger Sagatun-Edwards. (1999). Developing Profiles of Risk for Parental Abduction of Children from a Comparison of Families Victimized by Abduction with Families Litigating Custody. Behavioral Sciences and the Law 17 (3): 305-322.

Johnston, Janet R., Soyoung Lee, Nancy W. Olesen, and Marjorie Gans Walters. (2005). Allegations and Substantiations of Abuse in Custody Disputing Families. Family Court Review 43 (2): 283-294.

Jouriles, E.N., McDonald, R., Smith S., Amy, M., Heyman, R.E. and Garrido, E. (2008). Child Abuse in the Context of Domestic Violence: Prevalence, Explanations, and Practice Implications. Violence And Victims, 23(2): 221-235.

Kernic, M. A., D. J. Monary-Ernsdorff, J. K. Koepsell, and V. L. Holt. (2005). Children in the Crossfire: Child Custody Determinations Among Couples With a History of Intimate Partner Violence. Violence Against Women, 11(8): 991-1021.

Logan, T. K. (2003). Divorce, custody, and spousal violence: a random sample of circuit court docket records. Journal of Family Violence, 18, 269-279.

Mackenzie, D., Herbert, R., & Robertson, N. (2020). ‘It’s Not OK’, but ‘It’ never happened: parental alienation accusations undermine children’s safety in the New Zealand Family Court. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42(1), 106-117. doi:10.1080/09649069.2020.1701942

McIntosh, J., and R. Chisolm. (2008). Shared Care and Children’s Best Interests In Conflicted Separation. Australian Family Lawyer, vol 20, no 1, pp. 1-11.McLeod, D. (2019). Coercive control: Impacts on children and young people in the family environment. Devon, England: Research in Practice.

Meier, J. (2003). Domestic violence, child custody, and child protection: Understanding judicial resistance and imagining the solutions. Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, 11, 657-731.

Meier, J. S. (2020). U.S. child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations: what do the data show? Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42(1), 92-105. doi:10.1080/09649069.2020.1701941

Meyer, S. (2018). Women, domestic violence and child protection. In S. Shaver (Ed.), Handbook on Gender and Social Policy (Ch. 18). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Milner, J. (2004). From ‘‘Disappearing’’ to ‘‘Demonized’’: The Effects on Men and Women of Professional Interventions Based on Challenging Men Who Are Violent. Critical Social Policy, 24(1): 79–101.

Morrill, A. C., Dai, J., Dunn, S., Sung, I., & Smith, K. (2006). Child custody and visitation decisions when the father has perpetrated violence against the mother. Violence Against Women, 11, 1076-1107.

Murray, S. and A. Powell. (2007). For the sake of the children? Children, domestic violence and public policy. Children Australia, 32(3): 6-12.

O’Keefe, Maura. (1994a). Linking Marital Violence, Mother-Child/Father-Child Aggression, and Child Behavior Problems. Journal of Family Violence 9 (1): 63-78.

O’Keefe, Maura. (1994b). Adjustment of Children from Maritally Violent Homes. Families in Society 75 (7): 403-415.

O’Keefe, Maura. (1995). Predictors of Child Abuse in Maritally Violent Families. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 10 (1): 3-25.

Parker, T., K. Rogers, M. Collins, and J.L. Edleson. (2008). Danger zone: Battered mothers in supervised visitation. Violence Against Women, 14, 1313-1325.

Quirion, Pauline, Judith Lennett, Kristen Lund, and Chandra Tuck. (1997). Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in Contested Custody and Visitation Litigation. Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 6 (2): 501-525.

Radford, L., Blacklock, N. and Iwi, K. (2006). Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment and Safety Planning in Child Protection – Assessing Perpetrators. pp. 171–90 in C. Humphreys and N. Stanley (eds) Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Directions for Good Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Radford, L., Sayer, S. and AMICA (1999) Unreasonable Fears? Child Contact in the Context of Domestic Violence: A Survey of Mothers’ Perceptions of Harm. Bristol: Women’s Aid Federation.

Rathus, Z. (2007). Shifting the gaze: will past violence be silenced by a further shift of the gaze to the future under the next family law system? Australian Journal of Family Law, 21(1): 87-112.

Rathus, Z., Jeffries, S., Menih, H., & Field, R. (2019). “It’s Like Standing on a Beach, Holding Your Children’s Hands, and Having a Tsunami Just Coming Towards You”: Intimate Partner Violence and “Expert” Assessments in Australian Family Law. Victims & Offenders, 14(4), 408-440. doi:10.1080/15564886.2019.1580646

Rosen, L. N., and C. S. O’Sullivan. (2005). Outcomes of Custody and Visitation Petitions When Fathers Are Restrained by Protection Orders: The Case of the New York Family Courts. Violence Against Women, 11(8): 1054-1075.

Saunders, Daniel G. (2007). Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases: Legal Trends, Risk Factors, and Safety Concerns. VAWnet National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, October.

Shaffer, Martha, and Nicholas Bala. (2003). Wife Abuse, Child Custody, and Access in Canada. Pp. 253-276. The Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children. Robert Geffner, Robyn Spurling Igelman and Jennifer Zellner, editor. New York: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press.

Shalansky, C., J. Ericksen, and A. Henderson. (1999). Abused women and child custody: The ongoing exposure to abusive ex-partners. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29, 416-426.

Shaw, M. (2019). Misperceptions and misapplications of research in family law cases: Myths of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” and implanted false memories. Journal of Child Custody, 16(1), 1-6. doi:10.1080/15379418.2019.1609384

Sheehy, E., & B. Boyd, S. (2020). Penalizing women’s fear: intimate partner violence and parental alienation in Canadian child custody cases. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42(1), 80-91.

Silberg, J., & Dallam, S. (2019). Abusers gaining custody in family courts: A case series of over turned decisions. Journal of Child Custody, 16(2), 140-169. doi:10.1080/15379418.2019.1613204

Silverman, Jay G., Cynthia M. Mesh, Carrie V. Cuthbert, Kim Slote, and Lundy Bancroft. (2004). Child Custody Determinations in Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence: A Human Rights Analysis. American Journal of Public Health 94 (6): 951-957.

Slote, K. Y., Cuthbert, C., Mesh, C. J., Driggers, M. G., Bancroft, L., & Silverman, J. G. (2005). Battered Mothers Speak Out: Participatory Human Rights Documentation as a Model for Research and Activism in the United States. Violence Against Women, 11, 1367-1395.

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Thiara, R. (2018). Child Sexual Abuse Allegations and Response of Family Courts Briefing. Education, 43.

Williams, Kyla. (2006). Family violence and the Shared Parental Responsibility Act. Law Society of South Australia Bulletin, v. 28 no. 5, Jun: 18-20.