Male victims

Control, coercion and fear?

Authored by: Emma Williamson , Karen Morgan , Marianne Hester

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472483515
eBook ISBN: 9781315612997
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This chapter will look at accounts of men, as both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse (dva), in order to explore how they talk about restrictions on their freedom, and about control within their relationships, and the intersections with masculine identities. In exploring these accounts, this chapter will consider the implications of these wider understandings for health practitioners and will also consider the way in which our understanding of coercive control intersects with our perceptions of the gendered nature of dva. Where quotations have been provided from the men’s accounts, names have been changed, and any identifying details have been removed.

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