AN EXPLORATION OF CONTROLLING AND COERCIVE BEHAVIOUR: WHAT MIGHT THE SOCIAL WORKER SEE?

14.45-15.45


Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship is now a criminal offence and domestic abuse victims often say it is this, rather than physical violence, that is the worst part of the abuse. The difficulty for practitioners is that because of the ongoing, pervasive nature of coercive control – and the fact that perpetrators are often manipulative and appear charming to the outside world – behaviours can be difficult to spot. This session will:

  • Look behind the closed door to explore what might be meant by controlling or coercive behaviour
  • Consider the ways in which suspected perpetrators of abuse might present to the outside world
  • Encourage discussion about how best to work with families in which coercive control is suspected.

Speakers:

Andy Watson MBE, artistic director/CEO, Geese Theatre Company
Liz Brown, senior company member, Geese Theatre Company

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