Domestic Abuse Conference 2021

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Domestic Abuse Conference 2021 - Coercive Control in Northern Ireland

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Date: Wednesday 3 November 2021

Time: 09.30 - 13.00

Cost: £30.00 + VAT per person

CPD Hours: 3 Group Study

Coercive Control is by no means a new term in the area of

Domestic Abuse, however Coercive Control (which includes

psychological abuse and non-violent intimidation) is for

the first time being recognised in Northern Ireland within a

legislative framework. The first stage of the Domestic Abuse

and Family Proceedings Bill passed through on 18th January

2021 and received Royal Assent in March – commencement

date yet to be confirmed but is expected to be some time

after February 2022. This bill recognises children and

young people and the impact that coercive and controlling

behaviour has on them as individuals through the Child

Aggravator Clause which acknowledges that children do

not have to be present or witness the domestic violence for

it to have a detrimental impact on their wellbeing.

This multidisciplinary conference in conjunction with the

Women’s Aid Federation, PPS, PSNI and Danske Bank will

educate professionals in the field of Coercive Control and the

impact of Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People.

This online conference will:

  • Illustrate victim impact and their journey
  • Address the legislative framework surrounding prosecution and changes to how PSNI investigate
  • Set out the remedies available to victims through the legal system.
  • Highlight the new “Responsible Employer Awareness Training” initiative applicable to all employers
  • Discuss the Laganside Domestic Violence Court PilotScheme


9:30am Welcome & Introduction

Attorney General for Northern Ireland

Dame Brenda King

9:40am Coercive Control Introduction Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People

Sonya McMullan WAFNI

10:00am Victim Survivor Journey

Local perspective TBC

10:30am Danske Bank Responsible Employer

Awareness Training

Jenny Moore – Danske Bank

11:00am BREAK

Awareness Raising Videos

(SE Trust & Voices Projects)

11:10am Legislative Framework

Prosecution and changes to how PSNI Investigate

Caroline Conway - PPS

DCI Lindsay Fisher - PSNI

11:40am Legislative Framework – Remedies

Anne Caldwell – Flynn and McGettrick Solicitors

Claire Edgar – Francis Hanna & Co

12:10pm Contribution from Presiding District Judge (MC) McGarrity

12:45pm Question & Answer Session

12:50pm Summary & Close

Attorney General Dame Brenda King

1:00pm Conference Concludes

All Tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable.

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Organiser The Law Society of Northern Ireland

Organiser of Domestic Abuse Conference 2021

The Law Society of Northern Ireland is the professional body for the solicitors' profession in Northern Ireland with the aim of protecting the public. Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Law Society acts as the regulatory authority governing the education, accounts, discipline and professional conduct of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public.

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