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Two Part Webinar

Coercive Control & Domestic Abuse

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. The responses from practitioners to victims and people who use violence are critical in breaking the cycle of violence and protecting the safety of victims. 

In this two part webinar series we will unpack the need to know information for practitioners and managers working in the family violence sector to inform a better understanding of the key issues, social and legal contexts of coercive control. Guided by the expertise of two facilitators, you will gain an in-depth insight into what coercive control is and how to recognise it, the arguments for and against the criminalisation of coercive control and what the evidence says about criminalising coercive control in practice.


Key benefits:

  • This two-part webinar has been designed to maximise your time, value and learning with a short and sharp overview of coercive control, accessible both live and on-demand
  • An interactive learning opportunity to build on your knowledge and understanding coercive control from both a practice and legal lens
  • Get your questions answered by two foremost subject matter experts
  • Gain new insights and resources that you can use to enhance your work in the family and domestic violence sector, whether you work as a practitioner or in management, research, policy, law or policing
29 Sept & 6 Oct 2020 Scroll down for times Live Stream

Webinar Facilitators


Webinar 1: Understanding Coercive Control

Tuesday 29th  September 2020, 4.00pm - 5.30pm AEDT

What is coercive control, how does it present and how can we embed these insights into our practice? In this webinar, UK based expert in coercive control, Clare Walker will examine exactly what coercive control is and how to recognise it. Clare will also unpack how this understanding can inform best practice when working with victim survivors and perpetrators of family and domestic abuse. 

Join this interactive webinar to deepen your own understanding of coercive control. Suited for practitioners, management or anyone wanting to better understand coercive and controlling tactics and how they are used in intimate partner violence.


Key learning outcomes: 

  • Gain the knowledge and language to define what coercive control is 
  • Learn how to identify coercive control - What should you be looking for?
  • Examine the role that unconscious bias plays at a practitioner and system level
  • Understand the context of coercive control in the UK


Facilitator: Clare Walker, Domestic Abuse Consultant, Clare Walker Consulting

Clare Walker is a Domestic Abuse Consultant with a unique 360-degree insight to domestic abuse. Having lived in it, worked in it, developed services and practices in it, for over 25-years. Clare has been working the Freedom Programme since 2003 and is one of the

three licensed trainers. The Freedom Programme is an educational tool for examining the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. Clare has been training professionals & lecturing at various Universities since 2006.

In 2011 she successfully set up her own company; Clare Walker Consultancy. Under this banner, Clare’s work across the UK (and overseas) is vast, varied and diverse, working with organisations on workforce interventions and policy development, impacts & effects on

children, coercive control, links between domestic abuse and global terrorism, guest speaker at conference events, as well as representing victims as an Expert Witness in various different Court arenas. As a part of this area of work specific to the Family Courts, Clare is a

member of the Brunel University’s international research hub on addressing the damning use of Parental Alienation. Clare is a trained Domestic Homicide Review Chair and was proud to receive the 2017 Award from the Crown Prosecution Service & Her Majesty’s Court & Tribunal Service for Services to Victims and Witnesses.

Clare has featured and been interviewed on BBC TV and Radio News Channels, quoted in the Observer, presented to St Ives Chambers webinar and spoke at the House of Lords; on coercive control, domestic abuse and what needs to change.



Webinar 2: Criminalising Coercive Control - Key considerations & practical realities

Tuesday 6th October 2020, 9.30am - 11.00am AEDT

Coercive control is the major context in which women are abused by intimate partners and is recognised as a risk factor for intimate partner homicide. Definitions of family and domestic violence typically include coercive and emotionally or psychologically abusive behaviours. Recognising the harms and risks associated with coercive control, however, is not synonymous with an argument in favour of criminalising such behaviour. Historically it is clear that many policy approaches and criminal laws enacted with the aim of better preventing and responding to intimate partner violence, have had unintended consequences and led to adverse outcomes for those the laws were designed to protect. These unintended consequences and adverse outcomes are particularly pervasive in the case of minority and marginalised women. 

In this webinar, Jude will set out the national and international policy and legal landscape as it relates to coercive control, the experience in jurisdictions that have criminalised coercive control, and provide an in-depth exploration of the arguments for and against its criminalisation.


Key learning outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge about the national and international policy and legal landscape in relation to coercive control
  • Consider how coercive control has been defined in criminal law in the United Kingdom
  • Examine evidence about the practical outcomes of criminalising coercive control
  • Scrutinise the arguments for and against criminalising coercive control


Facilitator: Emeritus Professor Jude McCulloch, Monash University

Jude McCulloch is Emeritus Professor at Monash University. She was the inaugural Professor of Criminology at Monash University and has extensive experience as an educator and in research training. She has degrees in law, commerce and criminology. Her research investigates security, crime and risk and how understandings of these reflect and impact on social justice and gender equality. 

Prior to her academic career Professor McCulloch worked in a women’s refuge and as a community lawyer specialising in policing, family violence and sexual assault. In these roles she was deeply engaged with legal education, policy and law reform. During her time as a community lawyer, she held a range of roles in a host of community and legal organisations such as Legal Aid. Jude was a founder of Flat Out, and organisation which supports and advocates on behalf of criminalized women. 

Professor McCulloch has undertaken significant funded research in partnership with community, government and police organisations. Her work has had a significant impact in the fields of policing, security and family violence. Recent research projects focus on risk, prevention and family violence, including preventing intimate partner homicides. She was the inaugural Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (2016 to 2020). She has recently led a program of research arising out of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, including a comprehensive review of Victoria’s common risk assessment framework for family violence and a review of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme. She has published extensively on crime and gender in socio-legal, criminology and feminist peer-reviewed journals, books, magazines, practitioner publications, opinion pieces and is frequently quoted in the media as a family violence expert.


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