Description: Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 came into force on 29 December and created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship. Prior to the introduction of this offence, case law indicated the difficulty in proving a pattern of behaviour amounting to harassment within an intimate relationship.
This workshop will give an understanding of the new legislation and look at how practitioners can support victims to evidence the behaviours and impact of controlling or coercive behaviour, using examples of recent cases.
· An in-depth understanding of the nature of controlling and coercive behaviour
· The impact that this behaviour has on survivors
· How to identify coercive behaviour (Aide Memoire)
· Knowledge of the new legislation
· How the new legislation applies to domestic abuse
· The role of the police and criminal justice agencies in investigating
· Issues of intention relating to domestic abuse
· How to support a victim of coercive control
This training is aimed at any professional whose work brings them into contact with victims and perpetrators of controlling and coercive behaviour e.g.
· Specialist Domestic Abuse agencies
· Social Workers
· Housing Officers
· Refuge staff
· Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocates (DAPA’s)
· Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVA’s)
Bristol - 21st June 2017
Manchester - 19th September
London - 17th January 2018