A practice guide to understanding perpetrator tactics, intentions & victim responses to reduce risk & improve safety for victims
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7, 14, 15 Sept 2020
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Enhancing practice responses to victims & perpetrators of coercive control 

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Coercive control is often described by family violence victims as the worst part of abuse. Patterns of controlling behaviour and psychological abuse are known predictors or precursors of domestic homicide. While Australia has not criminalised coercive control, the responses from practitioners to victims and men who use violence are critical in breaking the cycle and protecting the safety of victims.

The Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse Masterclass will give you deeper insight to the insidious presentations, acceptances and impacts of domestic abuse. Delivered digitally over three modules, this Masterclass will engage you to consider the experience of primary and secondary victims, but also the evolution of our collective cultures and how we interpret human behaviour. We will also examine how interpretation affects our practices and understanding of a victims reality.

This Masterclass will give you the answers to understand the complexities of domestic abuse and the tools to make informed decisions as a practitioner that validate victims' experiences, enhance their safety and reduce risk.

What will you gain from attending this Masterclass?
  • A framework of human behaviour to help identify abusive dynamics 
  • A brief psychology of how an abusive dynamic is created 
  • Understanding a perpetrators intention
  • Identifying professional collusion and perpetration of abuse in our own practices
  • Ability to identify coercive control and look at risk differently 
  • Opportunity to apply theory to practice 
Who will attend?
Representatives of the Community, Government, Police & Justice sectors with responsibility for:
  • Family/Domestic Violence
  • Women’s Services
  • Men’s Behaviour Change
  • Children/Child Protection
  • Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Drug and Alcohol
What can I expect from this virtual Masterclass?  
Even though we are going virtual don’t worry - you won’t miss out on any of the benefits of a face to face event! Here’s what you can expect.
  • Highly interactive learning - Designed to give you all the same interactive and hands-on learning experiences you normally would, you won’t be a passive observer in this Masterclass. Get involved through small group breakout sessions, Q&A, and activities
  • Networking opportunities - You’ll get the chance to collaborate and problem-solve with a new network of like-minded practitioners and professionals working in the context of family and domestic violence
  • Easy to use digital resources - Walk away with a suite of resources and quick reference guides for you and your team to use

What will you take away?

  • Deepen your understanding of coercive control - What it is and how to identify it?
  • Use psychology and the human behaviour model to understand how abusive dynamics are created
  • Enhance your ability to identify and understand perpetrator intentions, tactics and patterns
  • Understand what underpins manifested behaviours of victims
  • Identify professional collusion and perpetration of abuse in our own practices
  • Apply theory to practice - Gain the knowledge and tools to inform a way forward to create change

Key Speakers

Clare Walker
Domestic Abuse Consultant
Clare Walker Consultancy

What People Are Saying

  • The Coercive Control Masterclass was fantastic. Clare was such an expert in the area, she taught me so much. The Hatchery managed the whole process really well.

    Lisa Hebel
    Safety and Inclusion Project Lead, NorthWestern Mental Health, August 2020
  • This training has greatly enhanced my knowledge and skills in relation to the many facets of Domestic and Family Violence and provided information and strategies that will inform my practice moving forward. Thank you!

    Janine Clark
    Caseworker and specialist DFV practitioner, Mercy Community Care, August 2020
  • I have been in the Family Violence Industry for many years. I found this to be one of the best trainings I have ever attended. It gave an in-depth knowledge of Coercive Control and supported my available models. This course will change the way I practice and view Coercive Control. Thank you Clare for your wealth of knowledge and presentation style. It was an absolute pleasure.

    Amanda Dashwood
    Specialist Family Violence Advisor, NorthWestern Mental Health/Melbourne Health, August 2020