Coercive Control

Notorious Women’ takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues through creating discourse and debate on the subject of Coercive Control in personal relationships – of which has been deemed as a criminal offence since 2015. Using the power of portraiture to make the absent present, these collage paintings include images both historical and cultural references to portray the stories of women who have fallen victim to coercion.

Research by Dr Charlotte Barlow of Lancaster University Law School shows that 95% of victims of coercive control are women – highlighting the gendered nature of this offence. The new law changes the circumstances for a long list of women who are serving 15 to 20 years in prison for first-degree murder of abusive partners – as in the case of Sally Challen.