1st Edition

Coercive Control and the Criminal Law

By Cassandra Wiener Copyright 2023
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book considers how a phenomenon as complex as coercive control can be criminalised. The recognition and ensuing criminalisation of coercive control in the UK and Ireland has been the focus of considerable international attention. It has generated complex questions about the "best" way to criminalise domestic abuse. This work reviews recent domestic abuse criminal law reform in the UK and Ireland. In particular, it defines coercive control and explains why using traditional criminal law approaches to prosecute it does not work. Laws passed in England and Wales versus Scotland represent two different approaches to translating coercive control into a criminal offence. This volume explains how and why the jurisdictions have taken different approaches and examines the advantages and disadvantages of each. As jurisdictions around the world review what steps need to be taken to improve national criminal justice responses to domestic abuse, the question of what works, and why, at the intersection of domestic abuse and the criminal law has never been more important. As such, the book will be a vital resource for lawyers, policy-makers and activists with an interest in domestic abuse law reform.



    Introduction: Assessing Coercive Control Law Reform

    Chapter 1: the Architecture and Prevalence of Coercive Control – Seeing What Is ‘Invisible In Plain Sight’

    Chapter 2: Domestic Assaults and Coercive Control

    Chapter 3: ‘An Unpleasant, Closed-Off World’ – Domestic Stalking and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997

    Chapter 4: From Reluctant Sex to Rape – Domestic Sexual Abuse and the Sexual Offences Act 2003

    Chapter 5: the Serious Crime Act 2015, s 76

    Chapter 6: the Scottish Approach

    Chapter 7: Conclusion



    Cassandra Wiener is a senior lecturer in law at The City Law School, City, University of London. She is an expert in the criminal law on coercive control and advises governments and activists around the world on the doctrinal implications of domestic abuse law reform.