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Title: Re-tangling the concept of coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers (2018)
Authors: Donovan, Catherine
Barnes, Rebecca
First Published: 2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US), British Society of Criminology
Citation: Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2019, In Press
Abstract: This article responds to Walby and Towers’ (2018) article, in which they propose a quantitative methodology that evidences gender asymmetry in ‘domestic violence crime’ (DVC). Through examining core issues including harm, severity and repetition of DVC victimisation, they argue that Stark’s (2007) concept of ‘coercive control’ is obsolete and refute Johnson’s (2008) typology of intimate partner violence. However, their conclusions are based on problematic assumptions about, for example, the relative impacts of physical and non-physical violence; the usefulness of incident- rather than relationship-based understandings of domestic violence and abuse (DVA); and a focus on victim/survivors’ ‘resilience’ and ‘vulnerability’ over perpetrators’ motives. Moreover, their cisnormative operationalisation of sex and gender and neglect of sexuality overlooks important evidence about lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people’s victimisation. This reinforces a limited ‘public story’ of DVA and arguably creates weaknesses in feminist analyses of domestic violence that could further fuel anti-feminist, gender-neutral approaches.
ISSN: 1748-8958
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publications (UK and US), British Society of Criminology. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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