Counting with understanding? What is at stake in debates on researching domestic violence

Myhill, Andy and Kelly, Liz (2021) Counting with understanding? What is at stake in debates on researching domestic violence. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 21 (3). pp. 280-296. ISSN 1748-8966

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This paper addresses recent debates relating to the measurement of domestic violence, and in particular the ‘domestic violent crime’ framework proposed by Sylvia Walby and colleagues. We argue for the utility of coercive control as a framework for measurement of domestic violence, and highlight what we see as misrepresentation of this concept in the work of Walby and colleagues. We also point to the limitations of traditional crime codes in capturing the range of abuse suffered by victims of coercive control, and question whether measuring physical assault is any more straightforward in sample surveys than measuring non-violent forms of coercion. We conclude by calling for greater attention to qualitative narratives and practice-based knowledge to ensure that measurement frameworks reflect the lived experiences of victim-survivors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestic violence; coercive control; survey measurement
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 340 Law
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
Depositing User: Generic CWASU
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 10:13
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 11:03


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