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This series of courses draws on cutting edge theory and practice of threat assessment techniques and domestic homicide prevention work to give participants fresh perspectives on this complex area of work.

  • Exploring the tactics and impact of psychological abuse as interpersonal violence 

How we define the problem directs how we solve the problem. Traditionally, interpersonal violence and domestic violence are treated as one incident or series of incidents of physical violence, sometimes understood to be a fight between partners.  However coercive control is not primarily a crime of violence, it is a pattern of behaviour that systematically erodes a victim’s autonomy, liberty and freedom.  Evan Stark demonstrated this a key predictor of deistic homicide more than physical violence.

  • Stalking – New Phenomenon, An Old Behaviour

Although recent changes in the law have catapulted professional and social conversations about stalking into the public domain, stalking is not a new phenomenon.   The first anti-stalking legislation was passed in California in 1993 due to Rebecca Schaeffer’s brutal murder.  However within mental health literature stalking behaviour appears in the corridors of history; from Mary Bradford & the York Retreat in 1796 to the present, what do we really know about stalking? Is stalking obsession, passion, power and control or pathology?   How can we support victims and manage stalkers?

  • Dangerous, Rejected or Incompetent?

Risk Assessing Intimate Partners who Stalk 

Stalking is associated with a high risk of violence. Stalking is related to lethal and near lethal violence against women; In a review conducted by the Metropolitan Police, stalking occurred/was reported in 40% of murders in London.  However there remains a fundamental issue – the lack of agreement about what exactly constitutes stalking. If we focus only on individual incidents the behaviours may be seen as benign or without particular significance and as a consequence, sometimes have fatal consequences.  Therefore knowing how to identify, assess and manage dangerous, fixated behaviour is imperative to any intervention.

  • Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Masterclass  – Lessons from Experience

The core principle of Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) is that professional agencies learn from the experience in order to prevent similar tragedies in future.   How can you ensure the process is a useful learning experience with meaningful outcomes that make a difference? This is a half day/full day interactive seminar is aimed at practitioners and professionals responsible for undertaking DHR’s or ‘near-miss reviews’ in their localities.  The Masterclass draws out common themes in homicide prevention work and gives participants time to explore interventions that can be applied in their areas.

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