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Coercive Control

June 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm


Ireland has seen a significant rise in Domestic Violence and Coercive Control during this pandemic with many families not having a safe home environment to cocoon in.  The aim of this conference is to highlight how dangerous a crime coercive control is. A definition of coercive control is “a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all or some forms of domestic abuse (emotional, physical, financial, sexual including threats) by a boyfriend, partner, husband or ex. It traps women in a relationship and makes it impossible or dangerous to leave” (www.womansaid.ie)

The underpinning theme of this half day virtual workshop is prevention. The speakers will discuss what we need to understand,  if we are to create communities that are safe and free from violence. We will hear from the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, within the Domestic Abuse Intervention & Policy Unit, and support groups working in the field about their experience of coercive control.

Siobhan Greene, Director of Children’s Services Barnardo’s, will discuss the impact his can have on children and families. Sarah Benson, CEO Woman’s Aid, will discuss research on 18-25 year old’s, the impact of language in engaging this cohort, and the Domestic Violence Act 2018.  Mary McDermott, CEO Safe Ireland, will examine connecting Coercive Control  & Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Most importantly we will be hearing the story from a survivor of coercive control who has kindly offered to share her story.

This will be chaired by Donna Mc Gee MACE Project Coordinator and social care worker

  • Slight change in speakers unfortunately Suzanne Connolly is unable to speak but we have her esteemed colleague Siobhan Greene, who will discuss the impact on children and families

Proposed Agenda:

9.30 – 10.30 Garda National Protective Services

10.30 – 10.45 Comfort break

10.45 – 11.15 Siobhan Greene

11.15 – 11.45 Sarah Benson

11.45 – 12.00 Comfort break

12.00 – 12.30 Survivors Story

12.30 – 13.00 Mary McDermott

Time will be given for Questions and answers, for the last ten minutes in each presenters presentation, we would like this to be as interactive as possible. And we encourage participants to send in questions for our presenters beforehand to cpd@socialcareireland.ie.

Some Resources:


Safe Ireland- No-Going-Back-Discussion-Paper-March-2021 (1)

What is Coercive Control? | Women’s Aid – Domestic violence service in Ireland (womensaid.ie)

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June 18, 2021
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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