‘See What You Made Me Do’ – A talk and training day with Jess Hill based on her award winning book on domestic violence and coercive control.

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist who’s been reporting exclusively on domestic abuse since 2014. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various programs across the ABC, including AM, PM, The World Today, and Background Briefing. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. In 2021, SBS will broadcast a three-part series adaptation of her book, and she is producing an audio documentary series with the Victorian Women’s Trust.

Clinicians will get an in depth understanding of nature of domestic abuse, the precipitating and perpetuating factors from both the victim and perpetrators perspectives, the impact on the victims sense of self, the dangers/warning signs to look out for,  and the key difficulties to consider and be mindful of when working within this space. In this workshop we will explore the key questions pertaining to Domestic Abuse (of which violence is a subset) and Coercive Control drawing upon the  research literature, case-study, and shared workshop discussion. .

The topics to be covered include:

  • What constitutes Coercive Control?
  • Stockholm Syndrome and cult-like domination of the internal world of the victim
  • The role of attachment in domestic abuse
  • “Why doesn’t she just leave”
  • Victim Blaming
  • “Why does he do it and why doesn’t he stop?”
  • Shame – the driving force in domestic abuse
  • The impact of society on the perpetration and maintenance of domestic abuse
  • Women who use domestic abuse
  • How to help someone in a domestically abusive situation

Date: Friday 8th October 2021

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

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