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Fathers' Rights vs. Children's Rights?

5/9/2003:   In their work for women and children, domestic violence advocates often clash with groups working to protect the rights of fathers. Recent meetings convened by the Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy looked closely at the need for these groups to work together on many shared issues despite their occasional differences.

Representatives from more than 20 fatherhood and men's programs throughout the country joined batterer program representatives and domestic violence victim advocates for direct and open conversations about issues that arise when domestic violence occurs in the context of services to support fathers and families. Participants discussed the needs of fathers, mothers, and children; program design; divergent frames of reference for services to fathers, mothers, and children; barriers to collaboration; and reducing domestic violence in low-income communities.

To view a summary of the meetings on "Fatherhood Programs and Domestic Violence" (2003), visit www.cffpp.org/publications/fatherhood_programs.html

For information on CWLA's domestic violence program, visit www.cwla.org/programs/domestic.

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