Intimate Femicide: The Role of Coercive Control
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Severe and escalating violence is cited as a precursor to intimate partner homicide and figures prominently in risk assessments and domestic violence death reviews. Drawing on interviews from the Australian Homicide Project with a sample of men convicted of killing intimate partners, we examine the backgrounds of perpetrators and the contexts in which the killings occurred and find that fully half report no physical or sexual assaults against their partners in the year prior to the homicide. These results raise important questions about assessments of risk and the typification of the “battered woman” on which many policy responses rely.
Holly Johnson et al., Intimate Femicide: The Role of Coercive Control, Feminist Criminology, pp. 1-21, 2017. Copyright 2017 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Causes and Prevention of Crime