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Coercion and Women Co-OffendersA Gendered Pathway Into Crime$
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Charlotte Barlow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330981

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330981.001.0001

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Applying the ‘Continuum of Coercion’: An Alternative, Feminist Framework

Applying the ‘Continuum of Coercion’: An Alternative, Feminist Framework

(p.63) Five Applying the ‘Continuum of Coercion’: An Alternative, Feminist Framework
Coercion and Women Co-Offenders

Charlotte Barlow

Policy Press

This chapter begins by critiquing the representation of the women’s reasons for offending as being a ‘rational choice’. Furthermore, the chapter introduces an alternative feminist conceptual framework to gain a more nuanced understanding of coercion as a pathway into crime for co-offending women. This framework is applied to the case studies analysed in this research by drawing on the women’s testimonies and experiences, taken from the case file material. The framework of a ‘continuum of coercion’ highlights the ways in which abusive, controlling and/ or obsessive relationships with a male partner may influence a woman’s ‘decision’ to offend and suggests that in some instances, such behaviours should be understood as being part of the wider continuum of domestic violence.

Keywords:   continuum of coercion, co-offending women, domestic violence, rational choice, obsessive relationships

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