Book - A Practical Guide to Coercive Control for Legal Practitioners and Victims
Rachel Horman (a solicitor with Watson Ramsbottom Ltd) has written a book - A Practical Guide to Coercive Control for Legal Practitioners and Victims - to help victims in the family courts try to get coercive control recognised as the serious risk factor that it most certainly is. It contains advice around tactics and pitfalls.
Rachel is a solicitor and Head of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Forced Marriage Department at Watson Ramsbottom Ltd and leading campaigner on cercive control. The book is a practical guide to coercive control and its relevance to different areas of law with a particular focus on family law, including why the law was necessary, the problems facing victims when utilising legislation, risk assessment of victims, the link between coercive control and stalking, protective orders available for victims, legal aid, and how coercive control is relevant to family court proceedings.
Whilst coercive control is not a new phenomenon, the law prohibiting it and the use of the phrase is relatively new and it is still very much a developing area of law and an area which is still often overlooked by the criminal and family justice system.
This book will help practitioners get up to date with this area of law and quickly point them to the relevant factors they need to consider when advising clients and will also provide crucial assistance to victims navigating the family courts. It will also be a valueable resource to those working in other roles, social care, policing, health and housing.
Rachel is also the chair of Paladin – the National Stalking Advocacy Service and is a regular media commentator on coercive control and stalking including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Sky News and Radio 4 and is considered to be one of the leading subject matter experts in this area.