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Children who "witness" Violence as Crime Victims and Changing Family Law in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Child Custody, ISSN 1537-940X, Vol. 7, no 2, 93-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Changes to the Swedish family law that came into force on the 1st of July 2006 aimed at introducing a more safety oriented approach to custody, contact or residence disputes where there is also a history of domestic violence. In the 1990s, a more gender sensitive and “holistic” approach to violence in intimate relationships was introduced in Sweden. In the wake of these developments, children who see or hear violence to a parent, typically the mother, have increasingly come to be defined as crime victims in their own right. It is argued that these developments are also a key to understanding recent changes in family law and policy on custody, residence or contact more broadly. A feminist framework for understanding violence in heterosexual relationships in combination with the redefinition of children who “witness” violence seem to have created a discursive opportunity structure enabling a shift in focus as regards violent fathers as parents, reaching into the area of family law.

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2010. Vol. 7, no 2, 93-116 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132108DOI: 10.1080/15379418.2010.508258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132108DiVA: diva2:356978
Available from: 2010-10-14 Created: 2010-10-14 Last updated: 2010-11-03Bibliographically approved

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