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NCJ Number: 228989 Find in a Library
Title: Rethinking Coercive Control
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:12  Dated:December 2009  Pages:1509-1525
Author(s): Evan Stark
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents an overview of Evan Stark’s (2007) book, Coercive Control and its core concepts as presented in this journal issues articles and papers, understanding that further work is needed in translating the realities of a coercive control model in relation to violence against women.
Abstract: This paper reviews how this journal issue on Evan Stark’s (2007) book, Coercive Control focuses on what adapting a coercive control model of abuse implies for intervention, and particularly for shelters and the law. The authors have raised issues as to whether coercive control is a distinct behavioral pattern meriting a distinctive response; whether victimization or resistance is overemphasized, the political costs of reframing domestic violence as coercive control; what the analysis implies for shelters; possible unintended consequences for victims of broadening the criminal justice response to include coercive control; the utility of defining partner abuse as a human rights offense; and how to “narrate” coercive control in the most persuasive way. Note and references
Main Term(s): Abused women
Index Term(s): Abused women; Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Discrimination; Domestic assault; Gender issues; Law reform; Male offenders; Research and development; Research design models; Research methods
Note: For related articles in this special issue see NCJ-228984-88.
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