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National Institute on Fatherhood & Domestic Violence

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Fatherhood can be a strong motivator for some abusive fathers to renounce their violence. Some men choose to change their violent behavior when they realize the damage they are doing to their children.

Fathering After Violence is a national initiative developed by FUTURES and its partners to enhance the safety and well-being of women and children by motivating men to renounce their violence and become better fathers and more supportive parenting partners. This groundbreaking project is based on the premise that men who use violence can be held accountable for their behavior and, at the same time, be encouraged to change it by using fatherhood as a leading approach.

FUTURES developed the National Institute on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence to train and provide technical assistance to professionals who work with abusive fathers in different fields. In partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, we have trained practitioners from over 40 communities across the country–including domestic violence advocates, supervised visitation, batterers intervention and fatherhood programs, judges and other law enforcement, and child protection workers.

The National Institute on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence Fathering is based on the Fathering After Violence framework developed by FUTURES and its partners to enhance the safety and wellbeing of women and children by motivating men to renounce their violence and become better fathers and more supportive parenting partners. This framework is based on the premise that men who use violence can be held accountable for their behavior and, at the same time, be encouraged to change it by using fatherhood as a leading approach.

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