Failure to Protect? Coercive control and children's well being

A Seminar with Professor Evan Stark, in partnership with Angus Women’s Aid
Carnoustie Golf Hotel
Thursday 23rd June, 10.00am – 1.00pm (registration from 9.30am)
Angus Women's Aid is very pleased to be able to bring eminent academic Professor Evan Stark to Angus. Evan has argued that, in order to work effectively it is necessary to reframe domestic abuse as a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s liberty or freedom. He calls this coercive control. The actions and choices of the perpetrator cause harm to children living with coercive control, though the child protection system often focuses only on children as witness to violent acts. With the proposal to change the law in Scotland to take into account coercive control this seminar will help explore what we mean by the term coercive control and look at the impact this has on children, on mothering and the dilemmas it poses in relation to child protection.

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