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Evan Stark, 82, Dies; Broadened Understanding of Domestic Violence

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Evan Stark, an expert in intimate partner violence, passed away at the age of 82. Alongside his wife, Dr. Anne Flitcraft, they conducted studies on domestic violence and coined the term “coercive control.” Stark emphasized that coercive control involved not only physical abuse but also psychological domination, isolation, and control over resources. His work shed light on the prevalence of battering as the leading cause of women’s injuries. Dr. Stark advocated for victims in court as a forensic social worker. His contributions have played a crucial role in understanding domestic violence.