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Legal systems abuse and coercive control Healther Douglas

By: Douglas, Heather.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Criminology & Criminal Justice.Publisher: Sage, 2017Subject(s): ABUSED WOMEN | COERCIVE CONTROL | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | FAMILY COURT | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | JUSTICE | PERPETRATORS | SEPARATION | AUSTRALIAOnline resources: Read abstract In: Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2017, Advance online publication, 22 August 2017Summary: "This article considers how legal engagement can be an opportunity to exercise coercive control over a former intimate partner. Drawing on interviews with 65 women who engaged with the legal system as a result of violence in their intimate relationships, this article explores how women’s engagement with the legal system is frequently experienced as an extension of an intimate partner’s coercive control. It builds on existing research showing how legal processes provide an opportunity for perpetrators to continue and even expand their repertoire of coercive and controlling behaviours post-separation. I refer to this as legal systems abuse. This article explores women’s reported experiences and considers how expectations of equality of access to justice and fair hearing; concepts that underpin legal processes, can be reconciled with legal engagements that seek to end coercive and controlling behaviours. The article concludes that improved understanding of domestic and family violence as coercive control by legal actors may help to circumvent the opportunities for legal systems abuse." (Author's abstract). This research was conducted in Brisbane, Australia. Record #5563
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Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2017, Advance online publication, 22 August 2017

"This article considers how legal engagement can be an opportunity to exercise coercive control over a former intimate partner. Drawing on interviews with 65 women who engaged with the legal system as a result of violence in their intimate relationships, this article explores how women’s engagement with the legal system is frequently experienced as an extension of an intimate partner’s coercive control. It builds on existing research showing how legal processes provide an opportunity for perpetrators to continue and even expand their repertoire of coercive and controlling behaviours post-separation. I refer to this as legal systems abuse. This article explores women’s reported experiences and considers how expectations of equality of access to justice and fair hearing; concepts that underpin legal processes, can be reconciled with legal
engagements that seek to end coercive and controlling behaviours. The article concludes that improved understanding of domestic and family violence as coercive control by legal actors may help to circumvent the opportunities for legal systems abuse." (Author's abstract). This research was conducted in Brisbane, Australia. Record #5563