A devastating story of coercive control and domestic homicide. Why would an 'ordinary' father murder his family?
On 19 July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight, by the family's father using a sawn-off shotgun. He then committed suicide.
Luke and Ryan Hart, the two surviving sons, open up about their experiences growing up and the circumstances surrounding the murders. They hope to highlight the patterns of behaviour in coercive control and its deadly consequences, improving public awareness and leading to informed discussion on domestic abuse.
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'In the words of the great Angela Davis, "I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I'm changing the things I cannot accept", and it is with this boldness that Luke and Ryan have used their own experience of domestic abuse to help others.' - Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of Labour Party
'A powerful, searing account from incredible brothers and an important contribution to our understanding of domestic abuse.' - BBC
'A determination to create light from darkness.' - Suzanne Jacob OBE, Chief Executive SafeLives
'I have been working at Refuge for 35 years, yet I am humbled by the sheer courage and sense of righteousness Luke and Ryan have shown since their mother and sister were brutally killed at the hands of their father.' - Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive Refuge
'What Luke and Ryan have achieved by writing Operation Lighthouse is to give their mother and sister a voice.'
'Luke and Ryan Hart become the lighthouse in this book, courageously sending out their warning signal about the danger of coercive control and why it must always be taken seriously.' - Katie Ghose, Chief Executive Women's Aid
'I knew that their story was one which millions should hear.'
'It is the most relevant and inspiring account that I have heard in the 15 years I have been active in challenging men's abuse and violence towards women and girls.' - Chris Green OBE, Founder White Ribbon UK