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Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control

Gormally, Sinéad; Brennan, Iain R.; Burton, Victoria; Gormally, Sinead; O’Leary, Nicola

Authors

Sinéad Gormally

Sinead Gormally



Abstract

© The Author(s) 2018. We examined perspectives of social workers, police officers, and specialist domestic abuse practitioners about their perceived ability and organizational readiness to respond effectively to incidents of coercive and controlling behavior. Interviews revealed intervention and risk assessment strategies structured around an outdated, maladaptive concept of domestic abuse as an unambiguous and violent event and frontline services that lacked appreciation of the power dynamics inherent in controlling relationships. The analysis demonstrates how lack of definitional clarity around nonphysical domestic abuse can increase the use of discretion by frontline services and, by extension, increase the discounting of coercive control by pressured frontline officers.

Citation

Gormally, S., Brennan, I. R., Burton, V., Gormally, S., & O’Leary, N. (2019). Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control. Violence against women, 25(6), 635-653. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801218797478

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 18, 2017
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2018
Publication Date May 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2018
Journal Violence Against Women
Print ISSN 1077-8012
Electronic ISSN 1552-8448
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 6
Pages 635-653
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801218797478
Keywords Coercive control; Service provider; Police
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/547854
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1077801218797478
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull

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