This presentation examines the multiple sources of psychological injury to children from exposure to a man who abuses their mother, including the abuser’s impact on mother-child and sibling relationships. Bancroft then examines the overlap between domestic violence and child maltreatment, and the established risk factors. Finally, he explains: 1) case assessment to determine CPS intervention that is appropriate to the level of risk, and 2) proper assessment of which abusers are appropriate for unsupervised contact in family law proceedings post-separation.
1) Participants will identify the range of ways in which battering men cause danger and psychological harm in the home.
2) Participants will be able to avoid the most serious intervention errors by learning to identify danger signs and by grasping the destructive impact of victim-blaming.
3) Participants will learn to assess current professional practices for their strengths and weaknesses in assisting families affected by the conduct of a batterer.
4) Participants will be able to design best-practice interventions for families affected by the conduct of a domestic violence perpetrator.