Women at Risk
Domestic Violence and Women's Health
- Evan Stark - Rutgers University, Newark, USA
- Anne Flitcraft - University of Connecticut Health Center, USA
The authors found that the traditional resources women turn to for help reinforce male domination: the medical, psychiatric and behavioural problems presented by battered women arise because male strategies of coercion, isolation and control converge with discriminatory structures and institutional practices to make it extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, for women to escape from abusive relationships. Stark and Flitcraft argue for a political space to be opened up within families, communities and the economy - a space where male coercion is simply not tolerated.