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Key messages BWCs are able to capture what is ‘visible’, however, coercive control is mostly ‘invisible’. Police officers viewed BWC footage as a way of ‘covering their backs’ in domestic abuse cases, particularly when victim/survivors did not want to pursue a prosecution. This leads to questions as to whose interests are being served by the increased mandatory usage of BWCs in domestic abuse cases. Victim/survivors voiced concerns with how women are able to represent themselves on camera in coercive control cases, often leading to unintended

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Key messages Abusive men’s strategic interference in the mother–child relationship is achieved through: the direct and indirect use and abuse of children, undermining mothers via mother-blaming; exploiting professionals, and capitalising on patriarchal institutions and mother-blaming theories, systems and practices. Recognising this form of abuse as a criminal offence could be addressed using the recent UK coercive control legislation. Introduction Abusive men who use coercive control with women and children can actively interfere in the mother

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Key messages Children in cases of technology-facilitated parental stalking should be seen as victims/survivors in their own right. The potential for technology-facilitated parental stalking and abuse against children and mothers should be considered in all cases of previous domestic violence/coercive control and parental separation. Introduction This article explores how technology-facilitated parental stalking can harm children’s and young people’s lives. Utilising Finnish court case files, we illuminate how children and young people are exposed to

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key messages Investments in gender norms underpin men’s use of coercive control. Reductions in men’s coercive control is connected to men’s ability to unpick gender norms. This paper provides empirical evidence for keeping gender norms and expectations central in work with violent men. Introduction The perpetration of domestic violence by partners and ex-partners, also known as intimate partner violence, is a complex social problem which, despite its prevalence, is experienced as highly specific, isolating and personalised. Feminist activism

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Key messages Mobile phones are being used by male perpetrators as a tool for coercive control within domestic abuse. While some of the phone-mediated abuse strategies identified in this research correspond with those established through the Duluth model, the Power and Control Wheel does not yet account for the agile technological surveillance that mobile phones afford, which transcends boundaries of physical location. An adapted Power and Control Wheel is presented here that can inform professionals’ assessment and management of risk in the context of

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Key messages Social professionals and society may fail to recognise the covert and gendered power dynamics in post-divorce parental relationships that can be inflicted via coercive control by one parent against the other via the former’s cultivation of hostility of the child(ren) toward the latter, as illustrated in this study. More systematic investigations of the overlooked links between post-divorce coercive control, gender, family history and alienation are needed. Training and improving the knowledgeability of professionals is urgently needed

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201 Families, Relationships and Societies • vol 6 • no 2 • 201–17 • © Policy Press 2017 • #FRS Print ISSN 2046 7435 • Online ISSN 2046 7443 • Accepted for publication 24 April 2017 • First published online 23 May 2017 article SPECIAL ISSUE • Violence Against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts Domestic abuse and women with ‘no recourse to public funds’: the state’s role in shaping and reinforcing coercive control Rebecca Gail Dudley, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

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The extent of violence against women is currently hidden. How should violence be measured? How should research and new ways of thinking about violence improve its measurement? Could improved measurement change policy?

The book is a guide to how the measurement of violence can be best achieved. It shows how to make femicide, rape, domestic violence, and FGM visible in official statistics. It offers practical guidance on definitions, indicators and coordination mechanisms. It reflects on theoretical debates on ‘what is gender’, ‘what is violence’, and ‘the concept of coercive control’. and introduces the concept of ‘gender saturated context’. Analysing the socially constructed nature of statistics and the links between knowledge and power, it sets new standards and guidelines to influence the measurement of violence in the coming decades.

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The challenge of violence against women should be recognised as an issue for the state, citizenship and the whole community. This book examines how responses by the state sanction violence against women and shape a woman’s citizenship long after she has escaped from a violent partner.

Drawing from a long-term study of women’s lives in Australia, including before and after a relationship with a violent partner, it investigates the effects of intimate partner violence on aspects of everyday life including housing, employment, mental health and social participation.

The book contributes to theoretical explanations of violence against women by reframing it through the lens of sexual politics. Finally, it offers critical insights for the development of social policy and practice.

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Current family policy approaches emphasise the significance of paternal involvement in children’s lives, yet there has been a silence on violent and abusive fathering in these discourses. This is the first UK book to specifically focus on violent fathering discussing original research in the context of domestic violence and emerging practice literature to address this problem.

The book examines fathers’ perceptions of their domestic violence and its impact on children, their relationships with children and their parenting practices. It will be of interest to academics and professionals in family and child welfare policy, socio-legal studies, social work, criminology and other disciplines with an interest in domestic violence and child protection.

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