Controlling and coercive behaviour by Dr Kate Cook

The new law on coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships has sparked a lot of interest.  Two linked free events at Salford University on 9 November 2016 will explore the law and also examine what this behaviour means, to survivors of abuse.

 These events will explore coercive and controlling behaviour and the new law which makes this behaviour a criminal offence.  The events are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of their Manchester Festival of Social Sciences 2016.

The first event runs from 2.30 to 4pm.  It will begin with a reception, and an exhibition of women’s words and art about their experiences of coercive control. This will be followed by presentations from survivors of domestic abuse, and from Dr Kate Cook of Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Law School, who will chair this event.

The second event runs from 4pm to 6pm in the same venue, and will explore the ways in which the criminal offence of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’ in an intimate or family relationship can be used in practice to protect women from abuse, and prosecute perpetrators.  Sian Hawkins, the Campaigns Manager at Women’s Aid Federation England, will speak at this event. It will be chaired by Maureen O’Hara, of Salford University’s Law Department, who will make a presentation about the legislation and its potential for improving criminal justice responses to domestic abuse.

Refreshments will be provided.

Participants can attend one or both events.  You can register for the events via the links below.  Please register for both events if you would like to attend both of them.

These events will be held in lecture theatre 1 and seminar rooms 1 & 2, Chapman Building, Salford University. The link below shows the building’s location.,-2.274905,17z/data=!3m1!4b1

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