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NCJ Number: 229794 Find in a Library
Title: "Fathers' Rights" and the Defense of Paternal Authority in Australia
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:March 2010  Pages:328-347
Author(s): Michael Flood
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 20
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents an overview of the fathers' rights movement, the context for its emergence, and its impact on violence against women.
Abstract: Feminism's achievements regarding violence against women are a key target for the fathers' rights movement. This article provides an overview of the impact of the fathers' rights movement on men's violence against women. It documents the ways in which fathers' rights groups in Australia have influenced changes in family law, which privilege parental contact over safety, particularly through moves toward a presumption of children's joint residence. They have attempted to discredit female victims of violence, to wind back the legal protections available to victims and the sanctions imposed on perpetrators, and to undermine services for the victims of men's violence. Notes and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child custody
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Domestic assault; Domestic relations; Family courts; Female victims; Parent-Child Relations; Parental rights
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