Changing legal responses to family violence

Changing responses to domestic violence: is coercive control the answer (2018)

Investigators: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor Sandra Walklate and Professor Jude McCulloch
Project contacts: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor Jude McCulloch

This project brought together leading criminologist, social-legal and feminist legal scholars from England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and the United States to examine the need and merits of a new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour (as introduced in England and Wales). It considered the extent to which legislating for new offences can improve legal responses to family violence, what challenges and unintended outcomes may occur in jurisdictions that have introduced a new offence and to what extent an understanding of coercive control can inform and improve practitioner practice.

In February 2018 investigators Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor Sandra Walklate and Professor Jude McCulloch co-edited a Special Issue of Criminology and Criminal Justice on coercive control, which can be accessed here.