In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder


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if you think you might be in a coercive relationship, for concerned family members and friends, for counsellors, and for anyone else seeking to prevent  intimate partner violence or support survivors.

Our quick summary

This book sets out the 8 stage timeline that Jane Monckton-Smith has identified for how coercive relationships can escalate to murder. It explains the signs and patterns to look for, and offers strategies for anyone trying to escape or to help.

Content note: discusses stalking, coercive control and intimate partner violence, including fatal violence.


Our full review

Essential for anyone who thinks they might be in a coercive relationship and for concerned family members and friends. Also for counsellors and for anyone working to protect and support survivors of intimate partner violence.

Jane Monckton-Smith sets out the 8 stages dangerous relationships can go through in a very clear, accessible way. Although it is shocking it’s also a compelling read, and potentially a vital one. It could be life-saving to be able to recognise the warning signs of a coercive relationship before things go too far.

The book is based on Monckton-Smith’s groundbreaking research. It brings together psychology, sociology, law and lived experience from interviews with survivors, family members and killers, to examine how and why a domestic homicide occurs every 4 days in the UK, and what we as individuals and as a society can do about this.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 182 g
Dimensions 198 × 138 × 20 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781526613226


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