Excellent interview with Evan Stark Ph.D, MSW is a sociologist, forensic social worker, widely published author and researcher with an international reputation for his innovative work on the legal, policy and health dimensions of interpersonal violence, including its effects on children.
Dr. Stark's award winning book, Coercive Control: The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life (Oxford 2007) has played a major role in redefining domestic violence internationally and is one basis for new offense of "coercive and controlling behavior," in the England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia and elsewhere.
A co-founder of an early shelter for battered women in New Haven and co-director of the path-breaking Yale Trauma Studies, he has held numerous state and federal appointments related to domestic violence.
Dr. Stark also has served as an expert in more than 100 criminal, family, civil and child welfare cases throughout the US and in Canada as well as providing evidence in the Sally Challen case before the Royal High Court of Appeals in London.
Dr. Stark explains that "domestic violence" is neither primarily domestic nor necessarily violent, but a pattern of controlling behaviors more akin to terrorism and hostage-taking. Dr. Stark draws on court records, interviews and FBI statistics while detailing coercive strategies that men (and women) use to deny women their very personhood from using micromanaging their dress code, speech and sexual activity. This is a livery crime rather than a crime of assault.
Coming out with not only a new addition to Coercive Control, his next book will be focusing on children.
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