Coercive Control

Over the next few days I will be sharing an insight into the model of coercive control as written about by Evan Stark – following on from my last blog post ‘Why didn’t you say something’. He helps to explain the systematic use of control in abusive relationships and how a growing body of research shows that  coercive control or ‘Psychological or emotional abuse’ is  what drives most abused women to seek outside assistance not physical violence.

To receive copy of the full publication please contact me (Polly):


Re-presenting Battered Women: Coercive Control and the Defense of Liberty *

By Evan Stark , Ph.D, MSW

*Prepared for Violence Against Women : Complex Realities and New Issues in a Changing World, Les

Presses de l’Université du Québec (2012)


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