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Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life (Interpersonal Violence) Paperback – March 1, 2009
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"Regardless of whether readers agree or disagree with Stark's contentions or agree only in part, we guarantee they will not ever be bored. It is hoped that this book will be widely read and discussed and its major points incorporated into our daily work. In essence, this book should serve as a catalyst to reinvigorate the domestic violence movement."-- Violence Against Women
"...a fascinating new look at how the very question of 'why women stay' has been wrongheaded from the start."--Salon.com
"...a book of tremendous import to anyone working with the issue of domestic violence...Coercive Control is a sweeping, compelling and meticulously detailed argument...If, as Stark suggests, the domestic violence field is on the verge of a Kuhnian revolution, this book is the bugle blast."--Sex Roles
"Coercive Control is one of the most important books ever written about domestic violence and one that should be widely read by advocates, policymakers, and academics."--Domestic Violence Report
"The mix of research, case material and the author's compelling perspective make the book very readable and engaging."--The Psychologist
About the Author
Evan Stark is an award-winning researcher and has served as an expert in over l00 cases involving battered women and their children. He teaches at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration and Chairs the Department of Urban Health Administration at the UMDNJ School of Public Health. With Dr. Anne Flitcraft he is the coauthor of Women at Risk: Domestic Violence and Women's Health. He lives in Woodbridge, Connecticutt.
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This book also provides three detailed case histories of extremely violent and controlling relationships, and shows how the concept of Coercive Control provides the missing piece to help us understand the victim's behavior, and suggests new legal and law enforcement approaches to intimate partner violence.
This book entirely changed the way I view violence against women in intimate relationships. This book is especially well-suited to academics and people in the legal system.