Expert Evidence on Coercive Control in Support of Self-Defence: The Trial of Teresa Craig
Criminology & Criminal Justice, First Published Date: September 20, 2017
36 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2017 Last revised: 18 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 20, 2017
This article uses the transcripts from an abused woman’s trial in Canada for first-degree murder of her husband to explore the expert testimony provided by Dr. Evan Stark to support a potential defence of self-defence. His evidence focused on coercive control theory and provoked extreme resistance from Crown prosecutors, such that self-defence was ultimately removed from the jury’s consideration. The trial illustrates the advantages and challenges of using coercive control theory as well as its future potential.
Keywords: Coercive Control; Battered Women; Self-Defence
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