Parenting in the context of domestic violence - Jeffrey Edleson

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This seminar was held on 4 June 2013 at Tāmaki Innovation Campus, University of Auckland.

Jeffrey Edleson spoke on the issue of parenting and domestic violence. He drew on his work for the Judicial Council of California, evaluating a supervised visitation center and his book entitled Parenting by Men Who Batter: New Directions in Assessment and Intervention (co-edited with Oliver J. Williams, Oxford University Press, 2007). He reviewed some of the research on parents involved in domestic violence and raise a variety of issues regarding safe visitation, exchange and how domestic violence services can be structured to help parents in these situations. This includes:

  • Why is parenting an important issue?
  • Parenting by mothers who experience domestic violence and intervention with them
  • Parenting by men who perpetrate domestic violence
  • What are the questions we need to answer?


Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD is one of the world's leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence. He is Dean and Professor in the University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He has published more than 120 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, group work, and programme evaluation. Dr. Edleson served on the US National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

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Jeffrey Edleson was a keynote speaker at the Children, child maltreatment and intimate partner violence: Research, policy and practice conference held in Wellington in June 2013. Further presentations are available on that page.

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