Domestic violence and private family court proceedings: Promoting child welfare or promoting contact?

Gillian S. Macdonald

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Abstract

Despite improved understanding regarding domestic violence, child welfare and child contact, and related policy developments, problems persist regarding how the family courts deal with fathers’ violence in contested contact/ residence cases. In the study reported here, analysis was undertaken of welfare reports prepared for the courts in such cases in order to investigate how and to what extent issues of domestic violence and children’s perspectives on these issues were taken into account when making recommendations to the courts. Analysis found that despite evidence of domestic violence and child welfare concerns, contact with fathers was viewed as desirable and inevitable in the vast majority of cases.
LanguageEnglish
Pages832-852
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number7
Early online date13 Nov 2015
DOIs
StatusPublished - Jun 2016

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  • domestic violence, child contact, child welfare, Cafcass, family court proceedings
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  • child contact
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Domestic violence and private family court proceedings : Promoting child welfare or promoting contact? / Macdonald, Gillian S.

In: Violence Against Women, Vol. 22, No. 7, 06.2016, p. 832-852.

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