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Understanding Coercive Control

Explore coercive control as a form of domestic abuse as you learn how to identify behaviour patterns and improve risk assessment.

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Understanding Coercive Control

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What is coercive control?

Domestic abuse is often understood as physical or verbal abuse but there are also subtle forms of abuse, including coercive control.

This two-week course from Central Queensland University will help you understand coercive control as a pattern of behaviour that makes you feel controlled, isolated, scared, or dependent.

By the end, you’ll be able to identify and describe the facets of coercive control and how to assess these control dynamics in practice.

Unpack gender norms

As coercive control usually affects women, you’ll explore the role of gender norms and how society’s expectation of women contributes to coercive control.

With this knowledge, you’ll discover the importance of analysing coercive control as a construct as you uncover the wider issues relating to intimate partner violence.

Explore conceptual models such as hegemonic masculinity

Throughout the course, you’ll explore models such as social entrapment, double standards, and hegemonic masculinity.

This will help you gain a conceptual understanding of coercive control as you start to explore frameworks and strategies for working with both victims and perpetrators.

Learn to prepare a better risk assessment for victims of intimate partner violence

Through exploring coercive control in action, you’ll be able to define the patterns of behaviour related to coercive control. With this understanding, you’ll discover techniques for working with men who use coercive control.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to improve your risk assessment and screening questions to better reflect the lived experience of victims of intimate partner violence.

What topics will you cover?

  1. Describe the facets of coercive control.
  2. Recognise a framework and conceptual understandings of coercive control.
  3. Describe strategies for working with men who use coercive control.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify a framework and conceptual understandings of coercive control.
  • Describe the facets of coercive control.
  • Describe strategies for working with men who use coercive control.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working with victims of intimate partner violence.

You’ll learn how to assess risk with the perpetrators who use this form of violence while maintaining an unrelenting focus on the safety of the victim/survivor.

Who will you learn with?

Mark’s work in behavioural change spans 30 years in which he has worked in front line interventions, delivered client counselling, behavioural change programs, professional development and training.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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