Fathering After Violence (FAV) is a national initiative developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) and its partners to enhance the safety and well-being of women and children by motivating men who have perpetrated violence against women to renounce their violence and become better fathers (or father figures) and more supportive parenting partners. FAV is NOT a program per se or a quick solution to a complex problem. Rather, it is a conceptual framework to help end violence against women by using fatherhood as a leading approach that can be integrated into existing programs. Using this framework as a starting point, FAV seeks to engage abusive fathers in ending violence against women by helping them to develop empathy for their children and using this empathy as a motivator to change their behavior. FAV is exploring an assessment framework to help practitioners discern which fathers might be appropriate for repairing the relationships with their children, and has also introduced a reparative framework for those fathers who are in the position to start healing their relationships with their children in a safe and constructive manner. (Author abstract) 3 references
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