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NCJ Number: 237171 Find in a Library
Title: Children Who “Witness” Violence as Crime Victims and Changing Family Law in Sweden
Journal: Journal of Child Custody  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:April-June 2010  Pages:93-116
Author(s): Maria Eriksson
Date Published: June 2010
Page Count: 24
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses recent developments in domestic violence and family law in Sweden.
Abstract: Changes to the Swedish family law that came into force on July 1, 2006 aimed at introducing a more safety oriented approach to custody, contact, or residence disputes where there is also a history of domestic violence. In the 1990s, a more gender sensitive and “holistic” approach to violence in intimate relationships was introduced in Sweden. In the wake of these developments, children who see or hear violence to a parent, typically the mother, have increasingly been defined as crime victims in their own right. It is argued that these developments are also a key to understanding recent changes in family law and policy on custody, residence, or contact more broadly. A feminist framework for understanding violence in heterosexual relationships in combination with the redefinition of children who “witness” violence seems to have created a discursive opportunity structure that enables a shift in focus to violent fathers as parents, reaching into the area of family law. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Children of battered women
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Family courts; Family histories; Laws and Statutes; Sweden; Violent men
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