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Intimate Femicide: The Role of Coercive Control

Johnson, H; Eriksson, L; Mazerrole, P; Wortley, R; (2019) Intimate Femicide: The Role of Coercive Control. Feminist Criminology , 14 (1) pp. 3-23. 10.1177/1557085117701574. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Intimate Femicide: The Role of Coercive Control
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1557085117701574
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1557085117701574
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Femicide, intimate partner violence, coercive control, risk assessment, battered women
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547775
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