From domestic violence to coercive control: Reframing partner abuse as a public health problem

Professor Stark codirected the Yale Trauma Studies with Professor Anne Flitcraft, conducting path-breaking research that was the first to document the significance of domestic violence for female injury as well as its links to child abuse and a range of other health and behavioural problems.

Their book:  ‘Women at Risk: Domestic Violence and women’s health’(1996)  showed that domestic abuse is the most significant cause of injury to women in our society. It is also a major cause of child abuse, murder, substance abuse and female suicide attempts. He argues for new approaches to policy and services that enable women to avoid and escape from abusive relationships

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 and was recently the subject of a special issue of Violence Against Women.

His visit to the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  This public lecture event is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and Scottish School of Public Health Research SSPHR

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