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Labarre et al. (2015) – Intervening with Fathers in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence – An Analysis of Ten Programs and Suggestions for a Research Agenda

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Clinical and scientific initiatives focused on fathers who exhibit violent and abusive behavior in the context of domestic violence have proliferated since 2000. The objective of this article is to review current intervention practices designed for violent fathers, to provide a critical analysis of the current intervention trends, and to identify research directions. Results reveal two main categories of objectives of programs intended for these fathers: (1) increasing accountability and empathy while decreasing violence; and (2) fostering positive fathering and father-child relationship. Ten programs targeting violent fathers using different intervention approaches (e.g., group intervention, family therapy) are identified and described. Finally, we discuss challenges related to research (i.e., program evaluation) and practice (i.e., co-parenting) that researchers, facilitators, and service providers need to address in order to preserve the safety and well-being of children, mothers, and fathers.


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Labarre, Michel, Chantal Bourassa, George W. Holden, Pierre Turcotte, and Nicole Letourneau2016. “Intervening with Fathers in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: An Analysis of Ten Programs and Suggestions for a Research Agenda.” Journal of Child Custody 13(1):1–29. doi:10.1080/15379418.2016.1127793.

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