Prof Liz Kelly: Coercive Control

Professor Liz Kelly is a professor of sexualised violence and she is also director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at the London Metropolitan University. She holds the Roddick Chair on Violence against Women. Liz has been active in the field of violence against women and children for 40 years and is the author of Surviving Sexual Violence, which established the concept of a 'continuum of violence' and over 100 book chapters and journal articles. In 2000, Liz was awarded a CBE in the New Years Honours List for 'services combating violence against women and children', and in January 2005 was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Women's National Commission. In this conversation we spoke about Coercive Control: what it is and why the concept is needed. Research discussed: Kelly, L., Sharp-Jeffs, N., & Klein, R. (2014). Finding the costs of freedom: How women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence.