Skip to main content

The ‘Coercive Control Framework’: Making Law Work for Women

Abstract

The potential efficacy of a new offence of coercive control will be determined by the constellation of factors that surround its implementation. Drawing on experiences with s 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (E&W) in England and Wales and the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 (Scot), these factors are identified as: a coherent national strategic framework; an articulation of the current dilemma posed to the justice system by policing domestic violence; centralised coordination by justice professionals; activist pressure from advocacy organisations such as Women’s Aid; and exhibitions of political will. I endorse the comprehensive, bespoke offence crafted in Scotland; however, the cases of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic also illustrate how meaningful reform can be achieved despite narrow or ambiguous statutory language. I conclude by responding to critics of the new offence as ‘more law’, and by clarifying the definition of coercive control and the underlying value commitments.

Keywords

  • Domestic abuse offence
  • Coercive control
  • Human rights abuse
  • Law enforcement
  • Social change

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-0653-6_2
  • Chapter length: 17 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-15-0653-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD   169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

References

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Evan Stark .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2020 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

About this chapter

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Stark, E. (2020). The ‘Coercive Control Framework’: Making Law Work for Women. In: McMahon, M., McGorrery, P. (eds) Criminalising Coercive Control . Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-0653-6_2

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-0653-6_2

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Singapore

  • Print ISBN: 978-981-15-0652-9

  • Online ISBN: 978-981-15-0653-6

  • eBook Packages: Law and CriminologyLaw and Criminology (R0)