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Coercive Control, the Offense and Men: A Response to Bates and Taylor

Wiener, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-0347-209X & Stark, E. (2020). Coercive Control, the Offense and Men: A Response to Bates and Taylor. Domestic Violence Report, 25(2), pp. 31-32.


In a reply to one point raised by Bates and Taylor with respect to the narrow focus of the English legislation (section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015) and their complaint that the offense fails to anticipate the unique circumstances of male victimization, the author address the scope of current efforts to incorporate coercive control into policy in the UK. A dilemma in shaping policy around coercive control was whether to craft a “bespoke definition” (a definition or law specifically designed to capture the particular pattern of behaviors) or an “incremental” definition that only incorporates elements of the crime existing law failed to cover. The risk in the “bespoke definition” approach is requiring too radical a paradigm shift, and resistance that might doom the entire effort. The incremental approach can imply all that is needed is “more of the same.” In this rejoinder, the authors describe the eventual approach adopted under UK law, its practical implementation, and likely results.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in Domestic Violence Report by Civic Research Institute.
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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