👍 ‘Intimate terrorism’: how an abusive relationship led a young woman to kill her partner

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According to Evan Stark, a professor emeritus at Rutgers University in New Jersey who invented the term, coercive control should be seen as a form of “intimate terrorism”, analogous to being held hostage or kidnapped. Instead of measuring the suffering of women in broken bones, he believes the experience of coercive control is better understood as like living under a tyrannical regime. Often, as in Fri’s case, violence is used to enforce the system of control. “It is just one of the many bits of the toolkit the abuser can use,” Marianne Hester, a professor in gender violence at Bristol University, told me.

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