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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: November 2019

4 - Law and the Abused Self


The chapter considers the issue of abuse within intimate relationships. It promotes the view that the core of intimate abuse (the terminology preferred in this chapter to domestic abuse) can be seen as involving coercive control between people in an intimate relationship in a way which promotes structural inequalities within soceity. It explores the consequences of this understanding of intimate abuse for the law.