Children who "witness" Violence as Crime Victims and Changing Family Law in Sweden
2010 (English)In: Journal of Child Custody, ISSN 1537-940X, Vol. 7, no 2, 93-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 7, no 2, 93-116 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132108DOI: 10.1080/15379418.2010.508258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132108DiVA: diva2:356978