Published: April, 2012| Evan Stark

It appears that a majority of women who seek outside assistance because of partner abuse are victims of coercive control, a pattern of subjugation that has more in common with hostage-taking than the conventional picture of domestic violence. Drawing on case material from his forensic practice and the evidence he has summarized in his award-winning 2007 book, Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life, Evan Stark uses this webinar to discuss why the violence model is insufficient; identify and illustrate the elements and significance of coercive control; and describe how coercive control harms women's most basic rights to liberty, equality and personhood. The webinar concludes with a discussion of what recognizing coercive control implies for intervention.