Tactics of Coercive Control in Couples

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Hennepin County Family Justice Center
110 S 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Coercive control is a strategy some people use to dominate their intimate partners. It limits the abilities of victims to break free, assert their autonomy, and cooperate with authorities. Coercive control can occur with or without physical violence. While coercive control is not yet against the law in the U.S., it is increasingly appearing in courtrooms in cases including domestic violence and homicide, contested custody, protective orders, immigration and various criminal matters. In the U.K., over 200 men have been convicted of the crime of coercive control in the past 18 months.

Common tactics include: Isolation, Degradation, Sexual coercion, Coerced criminal activity, Cyberharassment, Physical Abuse, Threats, Stalking

Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D., dedicates her career to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She is the author of the books: Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures, and Child Abuse and Culture, as well as numerous journal articles and chapters. Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, she has worked as a psychotherapist, and has conducted research with diverse people in the United States and Latin America. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. See her blog:

Register via the link:  Lunch & Learn Sept 14

Free for AFCC-MN Members
$15 for non-members

Payable by check or cash at the meeting.

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