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NCJ Number: 228984 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Women's Movement Perspective of Coercive Control
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:12  Dated:December 2009  Pages:1432-1443
Author(s): Gretchen Arnold
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews Evan Stark’s book, Coercive Control, arguing that Stark’s analysis of coercive control dramatically clarifies the dynamics of abusive relationships for those who work with battered women and with men who batter.
Abstract: In his book, Evan Stark develops the concept of coercive control as a centerpiece for reorienting one’s understanding of abusive relationships. He argues that it is coercive control, rather than physical violence, that is the key dynamic in what is commonly referred to as domestic violence. Stark has developed the model of coercive control as part of an effort to restore one of the original feminist battered women’s movement's goals, the empowerment of women. In this article, the author contends that Stark’s reframing of woman abuse is useful for battered women’s advocates and may, in some cases, lead to more effective practices in battered women’s programs. This reformulation of woman abuse shifts the rationale for intervening in abusive relationships from one of protecting the victim’s physical integrity to one of protecting the victim’s physical integrity to one of pursuing a societal interest in ensuring women’s personal freedom. References
Main Term(s): Abused women
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Domestic assault; Female victims; Feminism; Theory
Note: For related articles in this special issue see NCJ-228985-89.
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