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Working with domestic abuse – recognising and responding to coercive control

24 August 2016

Working with domestic abuse – recognising and responding to coercive controlResearch in Practice for Adults and Women’s Aid have been commissioned by the Chief Social Worker and Department of Health to develop new resources to improve understanding of and response to coercive control.

The resources will be available on an open access website launching in 2017, where five in-depth case studies will examine different examples of coercive control to give practitioners an insight into how it may develop, indicators to be aware of, and what can be done to support people experiencing abuse. Each will feature a sample assessment, ecogram and safety plan, along with templates and guidance. These will support social workers, social care practitioners and safeguarding leads in identifying the signs of coercive control, what evidence can be used in court, how to record it and how to respond in practice.

In 2015 coercive control was officially recognised as the defining feature of domestic abuse and an offence in law. It can be complex and subtle, is often difficult to identify, and requires a thorough understanding and knowledge of the issues in order to respond appropriately. Under the Care Act 2014, domestic abuse is a situation that can and should be addressed by safeguarding adults teams where victims have a care or support need.

Help to inform this work:

If you would like to share any tools, resources or examples of successful work you have done with people with care and support needs who are experiencing coercive control, please contact Lindsey Pike (Project Lead) to discuss at lindsey.pike@ripfa.org.uk

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