Evan Stark is a forensic social worker and award-winning researcher with an international reputation for his work on the legal, policy, and health dimensions of interpersonal violence.
A founder of one of the first shelters for abused women in the United States, in the 1980s, Professor Stark codirected the Yale Trauma Studies with Professor Anne Flitcraft, which was path-breaking research that was the first to document the significance of domestic violence for female injury as well as its links to child abuse and a range of other health and behavioural problems.
The findings from these studies appeared in Women at Risk: Domestic Violence and Women’s Health (Sage, l996). Professor Stark has served as an expert in more than 100 criminal and civil cases, including Nicholson v. Williams, a successful federal class-action suit against New York City that made it unconstitutional to remove children from mothers solely because the mothers had been victims of domestic violence.
Listen to his recent presentation at the With Scotland event – which looks at reframing child maltreatment in the context of coercive control.