APR 17-18, 2019 - Conference: Coercive Control: Improving Responses to Domestic Violence

The conference Coercive Control: Improving Responses to Domestic Violence will take place on April 17-18, 2019 at the University of Ottawa. Bringing together experts from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, this conference will focus on the concept of coercive control and its use in different contexts. It will also present the benefits of adopting this conceptualization of domestic violence in policies and practices.

It is a bilingual event with simultaneous translation in both English and French.

Although considerable efforts have been made to recognize emotional abuse, harassment and stalking, an incident-based understanding of domestic violence remains prevalent in policies and practices. In his ground-breaking work on coercive control, the American researcher Evan Stark proposes to move away from an incident-based understanding of domestic violence to account for the complex dynamics of control and the diverse strategies used by perpetrators to entrap their partners or ex-partners. In England and Wales and in Scotland, coercive control was recently introduced into the Criminal Code, which has led to changes in practices.

The coherence of collection and interpretation of information and the coordination of actions between the different legal systems (criminal justice, family law and youth protection) pose significant challenges, for which the concept of coercive control may be a promising solution track. This symposium will examine how this concept is applied in different contexts and the benefits associated with it.

Additional information and the registration form can be found online: http://www.femanvi.org

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