The fathering of violent men: Constriction and yearning

Guy Perel*, Einat Peled

*Corresponding author for this work

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The study presented in this research note aims to expand our understanding of the experience of fathering for men who are violent toward their partners. The naturalistic qualitative methodology applied was shaped by phenomenological, feminist, and interpretative interactionist influences. In-depth interviews were conducted with 14 abusive men identified through domestic violence intervention centers. The findings describe the drama of fathering for abusive men, centered on an inner dialogue between an experienced constriction and a yearning for a closer, deeper connection with their children. The discussion focuses on the meaning of fathering for abusive men, and possible applications for intervention are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-482
Number of pages26
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Domestic violence
  • Experience
  • Fathering
  • Parenting
  • Violent men


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