Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

‘It’s a work in progress’ : men’s accounts of gender and change in their use of coercive control.

Downes, N. and Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2019) '‘It’s a work in progress’ : men’s accounts of gender and change in their use of coercive control.', Journal of gender-based violence., 3 (3). pp. 267-282.

Abstract

Over the past ten years the theoretical framework of ‘coercive control’ has been increasingly applied, critiqued and now underpins a criminal offence. While many argue that it more accurately reflects experiences of victimisation, there has been little exploration of coercive control through the accounts of perpetrators. Through two phased interviews with 64 men attending UK Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes, we examine how and why men use coercive tactics and how unpicking gender norms enabled some men to recognise and reduce their use of coercive control. We argue that coercive control is more dynamic, contestable and open to change than previous research has suggested. Some men did manage to take steps away from investing in traditional masculine norms and reduce their use of coercive tactics. However, this was an uneven and contradictory process which took time – involving painful realisations of loss and harm alongside a discovery of the benefits associated with letting go of restrictive gender norms. Understanding how and why men invest in or dismantle gender norms that underpin coercive control has important implications for theory and for practice, particularly the content and focus of work with domestic violence perpetrators.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.
Download PDF (Advance online version)
(170Kb)
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.
Download PDF
(257Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1332/239868019X15627570242850
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permitsadaptation, alteration, reproduction and distribution without further permission provided the original work is attributed. The derivative works do not need to be licensed on the same terms.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:16 August 2019
Date of first online publication:October 2019
Date first made open access:06 November 2019

Save or Share this output

Export:
Export
Look up in GoogleScholar