Evidencing controlling and/or coercive behaviour (CPD Course)

CPD: 6 points

Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 came into force on 29th December 2015 and created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship. Before this offence was introduced, case law indicated the difficulty in proving a pattern of behaviour amounting to harassment within an intimate relationship.

What does the course cover?

This workshop will give an understanding of the new legislation and look at how practitioners can support victims to evidence the behaviours and impact of controlling or coercive behaviour, using examples of recent cases. It will cover:

• The nature of controlling and coercive behaviour
• The impact that this behaviour has on survivors
• How to identify coercive behaviour (Aide Memoire)
• Knowledge of the new legislation
• How the new legislation applies to domestic abuse
• The role of the police and criminal justice agencies in investigating
• Issues of intention relating to domestic abuse
• How to support a victim of coercive control

Course dates and booking:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.

Jul 2019

Evidencing controlling and/ or coercive behaviour: Bristol – 30/07/2019 at 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Who is this training suitable for?

This training is aimed at any professional whose work brings them into contact with victims and perpetrators of controlling and coercive behaviour e.g:

• Specialist Domestic Abuse agencies
• Social Workers
• Police
• Housing Officers
• Refuge staff
• Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocates (DAPA’s)
• Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVA’s)


£150 Women’s Aid members
£175 Non-members

Trainer profile:

Jacqui Kilburn

National Training Centre Manager

Jacqui Kilburn manages the National Training Centre at Women’s Aid. She has been instrumental in the development of a national accredited qualification for those professionals whose work brings them into contact with domestic and sexual violence.

Jacqui also worked with the Home Office and Skills for Justice in their work towards developing the national occupational standards for the domestic and sexual violence sector.

Until taking up this position, Jacqui’s career for almost 20 years had been at the operational level in direct Women’s Aid services. Over the years, this work involved direct work with women and children together with the development of outreach services. Jacqui managed a city refuge service for six years during which time she had a significant involvement in training staff from many other professions on domestic violence and related issues. Her work also included undergraduate and post graduate practice teaching for social work students from two universities. Jacqui has also taught healthy relationship programmes in primary and secondary schools as part of their PSHE & SEAL.

Jacqui was then seconded by the local authority to work with the domestic violence coordinator in Hull to set up and manage a new multi-agency team encompassing a specialist police unit, Children’s and Young People’s Services, Housing, Health and Support workers. This was a particularly innovative development in that the whole team worked from a single office and was therefore able to respond in a fully co-ordinated manner to all the domestic violence incidents within the city. As part of this role Jacqui was instrumental in the setting up of the city’s MARAC process, which she also co-chaired with the police.

This initiative has now been given national recognition for their work by winning a national award – the Tilley Award which aims to highlight services that have made a difference to community safety or have reduced crime through partnership working.

Related qualifications:
• Cert Ed
• Internal Verifier for OCN

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

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