This paper explains the rationale of interventions designed to support the relationship between children and their battering fathers. Traditional domestic violence services have focused primarily on treating battered women and their children, neglecting to hold fathers accountable for the effects of their abuse. The involvement of abusive men in the welfare of their children forces them to take responsibility. Interventions also help children to resolve their feelings of conflicting loyalties to their parents. Children's groups are often effective in helping children understand the nature of the violence and how they might maintain a relationship with their father. However, the father's attitude about the child's participation in the group determines the success of the experience. Interventions with fathers themselves must consider the risk to the child. Visitation centers and parent training can ensure that the child is safe during contact with the father. 41 references.
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