Author of Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life, Professor Evan Stark, is visiting the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships from August to October 2013 as Leverhulme-funded exchange fellow.
Evan Stark is a forensic social worker and award-winning researcher with an international reputation for his work on the legal, policy, and health dimensions of interpersonal violence.
He recently hosted CRFR associate director Nancy Lombard on her lecture tour of the US and you can read Nancy’s account of her stay and her reflections on Evan Stark and Anne Flitcraft’s work together.
While Evan is based in Edinburgh he’ll be meeting a range of researchers, campaigners and policy makers, and talking to national and local government officials working on gender-based violence issues. Find out about two events he is speaking at here:
• Gender Based Violence Research Network, Annual Conference, 29 August 2013
• Voices unheeded: mothering though domestic abuse, Scottish Women’s Aid 1 October 2013
More about Evan
A founder of one of the first shelters for abused women in the United States in the 1980s, Professor Stark codirected the Yale Trauma Studies with Professor Anne Flitcraft, conducting research that was the first to document the significance of domestic violence for female injury and make links to child abuse and a range of other health and behavioural problems.
Professor Stark has served as an expert in more than 100 criminal and civil cases, including a successful federal class-action suit against New York City that made it unconstitutional to remove children from mothers solely because the mothers had been victims of domestic violence.
His book Coercive Control: The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life (2007) won awards from the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association. The book tracks the implications for policy and administration of reframing domestic violence as a “liberty crime.”
His current research involves evaluating state initiatives in domestic violence and assessing the potential role of independent oversight panels in improving the effectiveness of state services.
Find out more about the concept of coercive control by listening to Evan Stark speaking about his research and practice on utube