Women’s Lived Experiences of Coercive Control, Stalking and Related Crimes, as they progress through the Criminal Justice System

Published: March 2023

Scotland’s record of accomplishment in tackling issues such as stalking and coercive control has been identified as an exemplar. Most recently, the Domestic Abuse Scotland Act (2018) was implemented which for the first time recognised a coercively controlling course of conduct as the crime of Domestic Abuse, possibly indicating a more empathetic and understanding criminal justice system. However, it is important to recognise that despite victim-centred policies and legislation, institutional criminal justice processes can diminish their impact. As such, victims can feel disempowered and controlled simultaneously by the bureaucracy in which they find themselves and by the continued abuse of the perpetrator. Therefore, this research explored whether the Scottish Criminal Justice System facilitates the empowerment of the victims who access its support or exacerbate their disempowerment.

The aim of this study was to explore the lived experiences of victims of coercive control and/or stalking as they navigated the criminal justice system.

This research was funded by the Scottish Government.

Authors / Editors

Professor Nancy Lombard

Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Katy Proctor

Glasgow Caledonian University

Research Themes

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice