Reflecting and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

Reflecting on and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control’ (Level 6 Special Purpose Award) was developed as a partnership between Haven Horizons and Technological University of Shannon (TUS).  Next Course will run Sept 2022 – Registration will open in June 2022.

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The course is designed for people who encounter domestic abuse and coercive control in their work or those who have an interest in expanding their knowledge base in this area.

Domestic abuse and coercive control are pervasive societal problems affecting people from all cultural, educational, religious, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds. The course will provide students with information to enable them to reflect on and respond to domestic abuse and coercive control.

The course will provide students with:

  • An understanding of theories, concepts, myths, and dynamics in relation to domestic abuse and coercive control.
  • The knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to victims, understand barriers to seeking help, identify appropriate multi-disciplinary collaboration, and the importance of self-care.
  • Opportunities to reflect on their understanding of national and international intervention and prevention strategies as the course progresses.

Module One – Reflecting on Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

This module will encourage students to reflect on their understanding of the issues, to examine their beliefs and attitudes on the topic and to incorporate new information.

Module Two – Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

This module will build on the knowledge and learning developed in module one. It will explore primary, secondary and tertiary intervention responses and prevention frameworks.

Delivered online, within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the course will provide an in-depth analysis of coercive control, a pattern of behaviour that has been described as "domestic hostage-taking” and  a criminal offence in Ireland since January 2019.

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Press Release About Course and ‘Donate to Educate’ Fund

‘Donate to Educate’ Fund launched for New Accredited Domestic Abuse Training Course

A new accredited training course ‘Reflecting on and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control’ is being offered on-line in January 2021.

The training was developed as a result of a partnership between Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Haven Horizons, a national charity focused on education and research in the field of domestic abuse.
Madeline Mc Aleer, Research and Development Director, Haven Horizons, said: “Education is a powerful weapon in the battle to change the culture of acceptance of domestic abuse and coercive control – it is a passport to a new understanding and a different society”.

“Reflecting and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control’ will interest professionals operating in healthcare, media, justice, social science, trade unions and employers’ representative groups as well as advocates and volunteers whose work brings them into contact with victims of domestic abuse and coercive control.”  She said.

Dr Lisa O’Rourke Scott, Principal Investigator of the Genders and Sexualities Research Group at LIT said: “It is very timely that this training on domestic abuse and coercive control will be delivered in January 2021. Since Covid-19 restrictions began in March, Ireland along with the rest of the world experienced a spike in reports of domestic abuse. The UN describes the increase in reporting as ‘a pandemic within a pandemic’ and has called for more research, awareness and education.”

The two modules will cover definitions, theories, myths, statistics, barriers to disclosure, coercive control, dating abuse, victim engagement, interagency collaboration, intervention and prevention strategies and the global impact of Covid-19 on victims of domestic abuse.  The course will explore national and international research findings, highlighting the potential for new research to impact national policy and legislation, as well as professional responses to domestic abuse.

Haven Horizons is launching a ‘Donate to Educate’ fund to support individuals or organisations who may not be in a financial position to participate in the training. Many professionals and frontline organisations have extra demands on their resources at present.

“We hope to raise funds to help those people access the training. Education is a core pillar of domestic abuse prevention - the demand for increased education and training is highlighted in the Irish National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Abuse and by the Istanbul Convention. There is a need for the Government to allocate additional resources for prevention - education costs money, but in this area, ignorance can cost lives,” said Ms. McAleer.