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    LOVE, POWER & CONTROL Part One: Perspectives from the UK

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    Join Jess Hill for a two partΒ discussion about love, power and coercive control.Β 

    Part One: Perspectives from the UK

    In 2015, coercive control was criminalised in England, Wales and Scotland.Β Five years on, hasΒ this law created better outcomes for victims andΒ survivors?

    Join moderatorΒ Jess Hill (author of See What You Made Me Do) and UK panelists,Β Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters);Β Dr Marsha Scott (chief executive, Scottish Women's Aid);Β Girijamba Polubothu (manager,Β Shakti Women's Aid);Β andΒ Melani MorganΒ OBEΒ (trainer and facilitator, Safelives);Β for a frank discussion aboutΒ the process ofΒ criminalising coercive control and how these new lawsΒ have impacted the lives ofΒ victim-survivors of domestic abuse.

    What is coercive control?Β 

    Coercive control is pattern of dominating behaviour within a relationship. It may includeΒ emotional abuse, isolation, threats, intimidation,Β sexual coercion, financial abuse and cyber stalking. These controlling behaviours areΒ designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.

    Where to get help in Australia:Β 

    Note: this panel talk will feature closed captions.

    LOVE, POWER & CONTROLΒ Part Two: The Australian contextΒ (New speakers just announced!)
    1-2pm AEDT,Β Thurs 18 February | Lunch webinar |Β Register now >

    Join us for part two of Love, Power & Control with Jess Hill as we shiftΒ focus to what criminalising coercive control would mean here in Australia.

    Featuring panelistsΒ Dr Manjula O'ConnorΒ (psychiatrist and social activist);Β Angela Lynch AMΒ (Women's Legal Service QLD);Β andΒ Prof Heather DouglasΒ (Melbourne Law School).Β Paul McGorreryΒ (PhD Candidate, Deakin);Β Tania FarhaΒ (CEO, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and Domestic Violence Victoria); and Christine RobinsonΒ (Coordinator, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre) will also be joining our panel.

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    LOVE, POWER & CONTROL Part One: Perspectives from the UK

    Jess Hill
    Investigative journalist, broadcaster and author

    Jess Hill isΒ an Australian investigative journalist and best selling author ofΒ See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control & Domestic AbuseΒ which wasΒ awarded the 2020Β Stella Prize.Β Jess has been writing and researching about domestic abuse since 2014. Before that, sheΒ was a producer forΒ ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent forΒ The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed inΒ Foreign Policy'sΒ top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and also as one of 30 most influential people under 30 byΒ Cosmopolitan magazineΒ (two publications rarely listed in the same sentence). Her reporting has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards.

    Pragna Patel
    Director and founder,Β Southall Black Sisters

    Pragna Patel is Director ofΒ Southall Black SistersΒ and a founding member ofΒ Β Women Against Fundamentalism. She has written extensively on race, gender and religion. Her publications include β€˜Citizenship: Whose Rights?’ inΒ Women and Citizenship in Europe: Borders, Rights and Duties, ed. A. Ward et al. (Trentham Books), the β€˜The Time Has Come .. Asian Women in Struggle’ inΒ Black British Feminism - A Reader, ed. H. S. Mirza (Taylor & Francis). Listen to herΒ TEDX talkΒ onΒ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    Dr Marsha Scott
    Chief executive,Β Scottish Women's Aid

    Dr Marsha Scott is a feminist researcher and practitioner and has advocated, volunteered, researched, and worked in the violence against women sector in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe for 30 years. Prior to taking up post at Scottish Women's Aid in April 2015, Marsha worked for 10 years at West Lothian Council, where she helped set up and had strategic responsibility for the West Lothian Domestic and Sexual Assault Team.

    Girijamba Polubothu
    Manager,Β Shakti Women's Aid

    Girijamba PolubothuΒ is the manager ofΒ Shakti Women's AidΒ in Ediburgh which also has an outreach service in Fife Tayside and Forth Valley in Scotland. She has worked extensively with minority ethnic organisations and has been working with Shakti Women's Aid for the past 19 years. She currently sits on the Scottish Government's Forced Marriage Network GroupΒ and has been actively involved in drafting the Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011, the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill which criminalises forced marriage and Multi agency practice guidelines – handling cases of forced marriage. She is also one of the Forced Marriage Commissioners (National Commission on Forced Marriage). Girijamba an activeΒ member of the National No Recourse to Public Funds Campaign Group lead by Southall Black Sisters and is locally involved with various Violence Against Women PartnershipsΒ and, Edinburgh'sΒ Marac and Cross Party group - Men’s Violence against Women and Children.

    Melani Morgan OBE
    Trainer and facilitator,Β Safelives

    Melani is a trainer and facilitator with over 30 years’ experience in the police. At SafeLives, Melani developed the Domestic Abuse Matters Change Programme - a cultural, attitudinal and practice change programme for the frontline of policing. Melani uses her lived experience of domestic abuse in all her work bringing an authentic voice to domestic abuse provision.

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