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May 15, 2022

Dr. Jane Monckton Smith

Jane Monckton Smith is Professor of Public Protection at the University of Gloucestershire. Her specialisms are in homicide, coercive control and stalking, and she has recently authored a new theoretical model for tracking escalating risk in cases of coercive control, intimate partner stalking, and domestic abuse. Her latest research focuses on so-called hidden homicides – those sudden and unexpected deaths that are not acknowledged or recorded as suspicious, but have high risk antecedents. 

Her wider body of work is acknowledged as having societal impact and influence, and is described as outstanding and innovative.


In addition to academic work she maintains a wide portfolio of professional and case work. This includes Chairing statutory Domestic Homicide Reviews, advising panels and investigations on complex and high profile murders, advising and training professionals in threat and risk assessment, and working with organisations like the police in developing policy and practice. She acts as an expert witness and also helps families bereaved through homicide with various criminal justice processes, through her work with charitable organisations.

Articles and Studies by Dr.Jane Montock Smith

Jane Monckton Smith: ‘Domestic abuse isn't a row. It's when one person has become a threat to another’

Jane Monckton Smith is a criminologist specialising in domestic homicide. A former police officer, she is professor of public protection at the University of Gloucestershire, and is recognised for her groundbreaking work on coercive control and stalking. In her new book, In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder, she lays out the eight stages of a domestic homicide timeline that flag up the potential for the coercively controlling to kill.

What is the empirical basis for your eight-stage homicide timeline?
The empirical basis is the data we collected for a research project. It looks at domestic abuse through the model of coercive control. The Home Office did a review of domestic abuse in 2012 and said that coercive control is the best lens through which to view it. The traditional lens has been the “crime of passion”, and from my work that doesn’t fit. As a homicide researcher I have used or seen used temporal sequencing in other forms of homicide, and nobody had done it really with domestic abuse.

Ending the Myths about Domestic Homicide

He saw her flirting with another man. He lost control. He flew into a rage––which ended in murder. This is the story we often hear about domestic homicide. But this story is not only false, it’s dangerous.

According to Jane Monckton Smith, a Professor of Public Protection at University of Gloucestershire, and the author of “In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder,” this is an example of the “crime of passion” theory—and it’s one of the biggest myths about intimate partner homicide.

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Books by Dr.Jane Montock Smith

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