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Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter, an interview with Katreena Scott

General Material

On this podcast, Jennifer Witt of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse interviews Katreena Scott, author of the VAWnet Applied Research papers: Parenting Interventions for Men who Batter and Practical Considerations for Parenting Interventions for Men who Batter.

Doctor Scott is an Associate Professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology of the University of Toronto, and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Treatment. Doctor Scott has authored numerous articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of services to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators. Doctor Scott is also the lead investigator on the Caring Dads: Helping Fathers Value Their Children program, for fathers who have been abusive in their families. This program has had significant international impact, and has been adopted for use in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Japan, United States, Ireland, and Hong Kong.

In this interview, Katreena addresses the following questions:

  • Can you please provide us with a quick overview of the history of work with men who batter?
  • Can you tell us a little bit about, in general, what current practice looks like now around parenting interventions with men who batter?
  • What are some innovations that have come out of the Caring Dads program or other programs that are similar?
  • Can you talk about some of the main themes that emerge from the research on parenting interventions with men who batter?
  • Why is this type of research, on parenting and fatherhood work with men who batter, so important?