Domestic Abuse: Coercive Control

Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 came into force on 29th December 2015 and created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship. Before this offence was introduced, case law indicated the difficulty in proving a pattern of behaviour amounting to harassment within an intimate relationship.

Overview: This training gives a practitioner’s an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and coercive/ controlling behaviour. The training explores legislation and the government definition, identifying behaviours and indicators, examples of how coercive control can affect parenting. It explores how coercive/ controlling tactics impact on a person’s identity whilst looking at social attitudes and the law and what types of evidence are used. Using real life case studies to identify how insidious this behaviour is and equips you with strategies on how to respond sensitively to a person who is being subjected to coercive control.

At the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Identify what the term ‘Coercive Control’ means.
  • Understand the impact of Coercive Control on Children.
  • Recognise signs and feel confident on how to ask the ‘question’ in a way that promotes safety.
  • Identify examples of evidence and where the offence applies.
  • Locate support that is available for anyone who is being subjected to coercive controlling behaviours.

This training is aimed at any professional whose work brings them into contact with victims and perpetrators of controlling and coercive behaviour from the voluntary, statutory, and private sectors e.g., Specialist Domestic Abuse agencies, Refuge staff, Social Care, Housing Officers, Education, Police, Health and Social Care Providers, Academic Support, Criminal Justice Services, Family Justice Services, Private Fostering.

Duration: 3 hours

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