In the News: Coercive Control (U.S. news to date)

Another #MeToo Scandal Hits the White House

Hosted by Tanzina Vega, WNYC's THE takeaway

February 12, 2018

In the wake of recent reports that White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned after allegations of domestic abuse from his two ex-wives, President Donald Trump called for Due Process for the accused. Host Tanzina Vega discusses what it's like to experience the "invisible actions of verbal and psychological abuse" with a victim whose experience is similar to that reported by Porter's ex-wives. Julie Goldscheid, CUNY Law School professor, joins the discussion to detail the issues victims of verbal and psychological abuse run into with the legal system and how due process applies in situations like these.


WHAT DIRTY JOHN REVEALS ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE

written by SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA, Los Angeles Times

October 11, 2017

‘Coercive control’ potential factor in ‘Dirty John’ case of psychological abuse

WRITTEN BY HAYLEE BARBER,
NBC NEWS

January 12, 2018

Both articles examine the story of Debra Newell, told in the podcast, “Dirty John,” released by the Los Angeles Times in October 2017. John Meehan was a conman who utilized coercive control to control his wife, Debra. The story is a disturbing look into the experience of a victim of coercive control and both articles offer insight from experts.


CONTROLLING YOUR PARTNER IS ILLEGAL, BUT NOT IN THE U.S.

WRITTEN BY LISA ARONSON FONTES, PH.D. & EVAN STARK, PH.D., PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

February 17, 2017

Drs. Evan Stark and Lisa Aronson Fontes discuss a UK law which provides protections for victims of domestic violence for non-violent abuse and argue U.S. victims are unsafe because without clear and documented physical damage to a victim, "the police and court system are likely to view it as trivial."


With Coercive Control, the Abuse Is Psychological

WRITTEN Abby Ellin, the New York Times

July 11, 2016

Abby Ellin at the New York Times wrote about coercive control, highlighting the recent UK law and efforts in the U.S. to highlight non-physical forms of abuse through the hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou. The article is a great primer for understanding the basics of coercive control and what a relationship characterized by the abusive dynamic might look like. 


abuse is abuse, even if he doesn't hit you

written by Melissa Jeltsen, huffington post

May 16, 2016

Melissa Jeltsen provides readers with tips on recognizing coercive control in abusive relationships, including the common tactics of gaslighting, intimidation, authoritarian control and demands of obedience, and isolation from support systems. She also highlights the hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou and the hashtag's creator Zahira Kelly.


WHEN RELATIONSHIP ABUSE IS HARD TO RECOGNIZE

written by lisa aronson fontes, ph.d., psychology today

August 26, 2015

Dr. Lisa Aronson Fontes offers a very reader-friendly breakdown of coercive control in the context of an intimate partner relationship, including a checklist from her book Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship.


IT FELT LIKE LOVE, BUT IT WAS COERCIVE CONTROL

written by lisa aronson fontes, ph.d., huffington post

June 10, 2015

Expert Lisa Aronson Fontes shares her own personal story with a relationship characterized by coercive control.