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Historically professionals dealing with domestic abuse have struggled to engage with men who are abusive to women partners. Research suggests that the reasons for this include fear of challenging men who have been violent, fear of inadvertently increasing risks to the men's partners and a lack of confidence/knowledge in how to work with these men. This course aims to deal with these and other obstacles to engaging with abusive men.
This evidence-based session is aimed at front-line staff who work directly with women, children and young people and who recognise that an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse will help them in their work. The sessions draws on up-to-date research and theorising about the issue. Participants need no prior learning or experience of domestic abuse related issues.
Eminent scholar and forensic social worker Evan Stark will be speaking on the subject:
COERCIVE CONTROL: What About the Children?
Over the last two decades, knowledge of how children are harmed by exposure to abuse has been reshaped by an appreciation of coercive control, a pattern of violence against women in which perpetrators combine frequent, but often low-level physical assaults and sexual coercion, with stalking and other tactics of intimidation, isolation, degradation and control.
Facts & Figures
In 81% of cases of domestic abuse there is a female victim and male perpetrator (SCS 2012)