Violence in the home has become a pressing issue today, and it is a problem that affects families worldwide. Engaging fathers in reducing violence at home has been found to be an effective strategy. This brief lays out the evidence showing that some changes happen to men’s brains upon becoming fathers. It highlights the importance of Fathers’ involvement, even those who experienced violence during childhood, and how it can improve the paternal connection. It offers concrete examples of how social norms improve or hinder the father’s engagement.
In this brief, the term father refers to fathers and male role models who play a significant role in raising a child. This person may be a biological, adoptive, or stepfather. He may be a grandfather, another adult male family member, foster father, guardian, or the mother’s significant other. He may be the expectant partner of a pregnant woman.
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