09 November 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lecture Theatre 1, Chapman Building
University of Salford
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This is one of two linked events, exploring the meaning and impact of controlling and coercive behaviour. Sian Hawkins, the Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid Federation England, will speak at this event.
The events will explore the new criminal offence of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or familial relationship’ introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015. They are aimed at survivors of domestic abuse, voluntary sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work involves advising or supporting women experiencing domestic abuse, and local policy-makers. The first event will focus on the voices of survivors’ of domestic abuse, and this follow-on event will explore the ways in which the new offence could be used in practice to protect women from domestic abuse and prosecute perpetrators.
This event, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, is aimed primarily at staff in third sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work includes providing support, information, or advocacy to women who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. It will include a presentation which will explain the new legislation, and will aim to draw on participants’ own knowledge in exploring the legislation’s potential for improving criminal justice responses to domestic abuse.
The event will be chaired by Maureen O’Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will also present. It will explore the potential uses of the new legislation in the context of the patterns of coercive control identified in research, and in survivors’ accounts.