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Seeing What is ‘Invisible in Plain Sight’: Policing Coercive Control

Wiener, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-0347-209X (2017). Seeing What is ‘Invisible in Plain Sight’: Policing Coercive Control. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56(4), doi: 10.1111/hojo.12227


Coercive control has emerged as a key focus for researchers and activists working in the field of intimate partner abuse. In England and Wales, the issue has taken on a new urgency. On 29 December 2015, s. 76, Serious Crime Act made ‘coercive or controlling behaviour’ a criminal offence. Implementation of the new offence has been slow. The analysis of data generated by empirical work with police and survivors suggests that police need to understand a working model of coercive control in order to adopt what could be a transformative approach to policing intimate partner abuse.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: coercive control, domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, police, s. 76, serious Crime Act 2015
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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