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Understanding Coercive, Controlling Behaviour and Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 e-learning course

Understanding Coercive, Controlling Behaviour and Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 e-learning course

While pre-COVID, two women a week in the UK were murdered by their partner or ex-partner on average, this particular statistic escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recorded data in the first three weeks of lockdown in the UK revealed that 16 domestic abuse killings of women and children took place. In addition, global data suggests that reported domestic abuse (DA) incidents went up by almost 20% during the same time frame.

Instructions on how to access the e-learning course will be included in a downloadable document in your booking confirmation email (under ‘Download’). The e-learning course becomes available within 24 hours from placing the order and online access remains available for 2 years from the date you receive the e-learning course.

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This course does not qualify for CE credits.

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Course Credits

CPD: 4 / CE: N/A

Speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson

Course length in hours

4 hrs of interactive video content

Full course information

This e-learning course will consider the extent to which the stress of lockdown and lack of accessible help promotes coercive and controlling behaviour, as well as physical violence.  We will look at the range of power, and control dynamics that are used to control partners in intimate relationships – and review how the severity of these dynamics increased during the COVID outbreak. The aim is to enhance our understanding of DA, its impact and long-term effects on survivors. We will look at the spectrum of DA, including the dynamics of control and coercion in emotional abuse through to physical and sexual violence; and the role of shame and humiliation that silences those who are being domestically abused.

The course will consider the use of physical force, sexual violence, financial abuse, spiritual abuse and revenge porn and identify those most at risk of DA, including males and those in the LGBTQ community – we will especially consider the factors that helped increase incidence of such violence and abuse during the pandemic. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes involved in DA, such as the grooming of victims, the cycle of abuse, the role of dissociation and the thought blindness that supports the trauma bond. Our aim is to understand how victims may present in practice, to identify signs and symptoms of DA and how they can be supported. We will emphasise the role of attachment and fear of abandonment that underpins much of DA and how this manifests relationally both for the couple and practitioners working with DA.

Specifically, we consider:

  • The nature and dynamics of DA, such as the role of charm and enticement, the use of control and coercion, the cycle of abuse, the nature of thought blindness that facilitates the trauma bond and the role of silence, secrecy and shame
  • The intergenerational transmission of DA through attachment and relational deficits
  • The characteristics of male and female perpetrators
  • The impact and long-term effects of DA on partners and children
  • Obstacles to leaving an abusive relationship
  • The importance of developing safety plans when leaving
  • The need for safety and multi-agency collaboration
  • The need for longer term therapy using a trauma informed practice model when working with survivors of DA

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What you’ll learn

This seminar will consider the extent to which the stress of lockdown and lack of accessible help promotes coercive and controlling behaviour, as well as physical violence.  We will look at the range of power, and control dynamics that are used to control partners in intimate relationships– and review how the severity of these dynamics increased during the COVID outbreak. The aim is to enhance our understanding of DA, its impact and long-term effects on survivors.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the nature and dynamics of DA, such as the role of charm and enticement, the use of control and coercion, the cycle of abuse, the nature of thought blindness that facilitates the trauma bond and the role of silence, secrecy and shame
  • Discuss the impact and long-term effects of DA on partners and children and the need for longer term therapy using a trauma informed practice model when working with survivors of DA

Overall, the aim is to facilitate reconnection of mind, body and brain and integration of disavowed parts, to restore presence and embodiment in both client and therapist.

About the speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 26 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.

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