This course is open to any professional who works with children, families and any adult who is or may be a victim of domestic abuse.
“Not only is coercive control the most common context in which [women] are abused, it is also the most dangerous” (Evan Stark (2007) Coercive Control. How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life. New York: Oxford University Press).
This multi agency workshop aims to ensure staff have a basic awareness, in order to identify and support victims of coercion and control in the context of domestic abuse and safeguarding adults. Now in existence for 5 years, The Serious Crime Act 2015 created the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships, and it carries a maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both.
Facilitated by CGL, Sussex Police, ASC and ESSCP, this is an opportunity for staff to learn about the nature of coercion and control and how it permeates throughout society. Additionally, you will have the chance to share your own experiences with colleagues from across East Sussex, making the most of the opportunity to consider how best to deal with these challenging and complex cases.
Please note you must have completed the following 3 Domestic Abuse e-learning modules before attending:
Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 1: What is domestic abuse?
Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 2: Impact and building resilience, and barriers to seeking support
Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 3: Risk identification, assessment and management
Once your place on this event has been confirmed, you will receive a separate email with a link to the Microsoft Teams meeting. Please note this email will be sent from the East Sussex Learning Portal. please make sure you check your Spam/Junk folders for this email.
The link to join the training will be sent one week before the day of the event.
Please read the attached document "Attending Online Training" before joining the course.
• To raise the profile of coercion and control as a criminal offence in relation to domestic abuse
• To increase staff confidence in responding appropriately to incidents and concerns
• To understand how to identify coercion and control (including cyber and phone etc)
• To consider the impact on wider family
• To think about how to support victims and families to gather evidence effectively, as well considering your own personal safety
• To be able to use the Risk Indicator Checklist for coercion and control stalking to provide the evidence base
• To consider the practical steps to reduce risk including useful resources and numbers
• Learning the lessons from DHRs.
By the end of this session, it is anticipated you will have had the opportunity to:
• Explore the law in relation to coercion and control in the United Kingdom, and links to the context and lessons from Domestic Homicide Reviews
• Consider how to identify coercion and control (including cyber and phone etc) and how it links to the Mental Capacity Act
• Understand how to support victims and families to gather evidence effectively, whilst ensuring your own personal safety.
There will be pre-requisite reading and learning in the form of 3 e-learning Domestic Abuse modules and possibly some video content in advance.