“Fathers’ Rights” and the Defense of Paternal Authority in Australia

  title={“Fathers’ Rights” and the Defense of Paternal Authority in Australia},
  author={Michael Flood},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={328 - 347}
  • M. Flood
  • Published 4 February 2010
  • Political Science
  • Violence Against Women
Feminism’s achievements regarding violence against women are a key target for the fathers’ rights movement. This article provides an overview of the impact of the fathers’ rights movement on men’s violence against women. It documents the ways in which fathers’ rights groups in Australia have influenced changes in family law, which privilege parental contact over safety, particularly through moves toward a presumption of children’s joint residence. They have attempted to discredit female victims… 

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