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Yes, this can be true. But, alternatively, many men are motivated to change because they want something different for their relationship with their child. The ability and confidence of practitioners, being supported by practice policies and assessment tools are vital in having safe, accountable and responsible conversations with fathers about their children's social and emotional wellbeing. Practice understandings about working with fathers who use violence have only really developed in the last forty years and their is still much work to be done in the field, but their is general practice agreement that we need to be able to engage men positively if we want safer outcomes for children and mothers.
2 July 2019