Putting coercive control into practice: problems and possibilities

Barlow, C., Johnson, K., Walklate, S. and Humphreys, L. (2020) Putting coercive control into practice: problems and possibilities. British Journal of Criminology, 60(1), pp. 160-179. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azz041)

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There is growing international interest in translating Stark’s concept of coercive control into criminal justice policy and practice. In December 2015 an offence of coercive control was introduced in England and Wales. This paper offers an empirical investigation of the problems and possibilities associated with the translation of this offence into practice in one police force area in England. The findings offer some scope for optimism in response to patterns of abuse, but they also support the view that the current gender-neutral version of the legislation requires revision; there is a need for greater resourcing and training to improve understandings of the nature and impact of coercive control at all points of contact within the criminal justice process and finally, it remains the case that effective responses to domestic abuse need to be genuinely holistic.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Dr Kelly
Authors: Barlow, C., Johnson, K., Walklate, S., and Humphreys, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Criminology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1464-3529
Published Online:22 July 2019

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