Cassandra Wiener

About Cassandra

I am a Senior Lecturer in Law at City, University of London.  I am also co-founder and trustee of the Treebeard Trust.

I specialise  in coercive control and the criminal law. I advise governments and activists around the world on the doctrinal implications of domestic abuse law reform, and through the Treebeard Trust support transformative initiatives to empower women affected by violence .  

City University of London
Treebeard Trust

Law Reform

I am joining the Home Office funded research Operation Bluestone/Soteria from September 2022 – becoming part of the team working to transform the police response to rape… I will be focusing on rape and sexual abuse that takes place within an intimate relationship. This is a once in a lifetime moment for me and I am beyond excited and grateful.

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Excited to announce that my monograph Coercive Control and the Criminal Law will be available for pre-order (in paperback) from December… book launch details coming soon.

Coercive Control and the criminal law

Research Publications

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Cassandra Wiener

Telling the wrong stories: Rough sex, coercive control and the criminal law

Child and Family Law Quarterly

Criminalising Coercive Control

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‘From Social Construct to Legal Paradigm: the New Offence of Coercive or Controlling Behaviour in England and Wales’


Criminalising  Coercive Control, Family Violence and the Criminal Law

Howard Journal of Crime and Justice

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‘Seeing What is Invisible in Plain Sight: Policing Coercive Control’

The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice

Opinion Pieces

Cassandra Wiener and Anna Minton, 29 March 2022

Domestic abuse in the UK: scrapping the local connection test is a start but it's not enough

The Conversation

Comment with Cassandra Wiener, 15 February 2022

Why victims of domestic abuse don’t leave – four experts explain

The Conversation

Tanya Palmer and Cassandra Wiener, 17 December 2021

How Claims of 'Consensual Rough Sex' Hide Abuse and Coercive Control from Courts

The Conversation

Comment with Cassandra Wiener, 27 October 2021

Street Crime and Women's Safety


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Centre For Crime, Law and Justice
Centre Directors Professor Eugene McLauglin (School of Policy and Global Affairs) Dr Cassandra Wiener (The City Law School)

Launch Details Coming Soon

The City Law School, City, University of London