Coercive Control and the implications for policing domestic abuse

Barlow, Charlotte and Johnson, Kelly and Walklate, Sandra (2018) Coercive Control and the implications for policing domestic abuse. In: 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, 2018-12-042018-12-07, University of Melbourne.

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Abstract

Coercive and controlling behaviours were criminalised in England and Wales as part of Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. There has been consequent growing academic interest and critique of coercive control as a legislative concept (Walklate, Fitzgibbon & McCulloch, 2018; Walby & Towers, 2018). This paper aims to extend this discussion by exploring police responses to coercive control, informed by empirical data from the author’s N8 Catalyst funded project. The paper will consider how the idea of coercive control is utilised and understood in practice by police officers. Police responses to coercive control will be compared to violence against the person with injury cases, in particular ABH, to consider the similarities and differences. Most of the coercive control cases in the data-set analysed featured physical violence. The implications of this, both in terms masking actual levels of violence and the problems and possibilities of coercive control as a legal concept will be discussed.

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Contribution to Conference (Paper)
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31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference
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136837
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02 Oct 2019 08:10
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Published
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