Naming Relationship Abuse

Psychologists have a role to play in educating the public about relationship abuse. At least, that’s what we believe in the Traumatic Stress Studies Group.

Graduate students Adi Rosenthal and Maria-Ernestina Christl took up that education charge when they penned a commentary for The Denver Post, entitled Tiger King, Abuse, and Coercive Control.

Their opinion piece used the wildly popular Netflix docu-series Tiger King to point out dynamics of abuse in intimate and work relationships. Whether or not you’ve binge-watched the series, their commentary illustrates the applications of research on dependence and betrayal (including findings from our team) to the public’s understanding of abuse.

As Adi and Maria-Ernestina point out, “Long after the hype of Tiger King runs its course, the realities of interpersonal abuse and coercive control remain and require the attention of the public.”


Published by Anne P. DePrince, PhD

Author of "Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women" (Oxford University Press), Anne is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Provost of Public Good Strategy and Research at the University of Denver. She directs the Traumatic Stress Studies Group.

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