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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.