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  • Writer's pictureDebbs Murray

Multi-faceted Entrapment: A deeper understanding of coercive control

It is critical to understand coercive control and that it is seen as an overarching family violence tactic. That is the core objective of ECLIPSE, to increase knowledge and understanding so practitioners and responders are able to effectively recognise and respond to the often-unseen risk.


Today, we wanted to share with you an article written by Aotearoa New Zealand authors (Julia Tolmie, Rachel Smith and Denise Wilson) that fully supports what it is that we train about every day in ECLIPSE. 


At ECLIPSE, we talk about Multifaceted Entrapment, which highlights the need to explore risk beyond just relational violence. It's important we also explore how systemic and structural entrapment creates barriers to safety and healing. Systemic and structural entrapment can and does further victimise and impair not only the primary victim but also the whānau.


In this article, it is suggested that while conceptualising intimate partner violence (IPV) as coercive control is an improvement over previous understandings, it does not go far enough. Coercive control must be located within a broader conceptualisation of IPV as a form of social and systemic entrapment if it is not to operate in a harmful manner for victim-survivors.


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