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The Magazine on Coercive Control

CCChat

April 2018 Issue 8

The Magazine on Coercive

Control

Making The

Invisible Visible


Contents

Editor's Notes

5 Spring Has Sprung

CCChat is now on Patreon

6 Become a Patron and Help

Make The Invisible Visible

Rachel Williams

9 Her new book is here!

Abuse Talk/ Online Book Club

11 Jennifer Gilmour gives us the

lowdown

Steve

16 "I always said I'd never hit a

woman and then I did"

Conference on Coercive Control

22 What to expect on the day. a

look at the speakers.

The Freedom Programme

43 Meet the Conference Sponsors

Lorem Ipsum


Editor's Notes

ABOUT THE EDITOR:

Min Grob started Conference

on Coercive Control in June

2015 following a relationship

that was coercive and

controlling.

Since then, there have been

three national conferences,

various speaking

engagements and a monthly

online publication- CCChat

Magazine.

2018 will see the start of

CCChat Live Discussion

Groups as well as details of

the next Conference on

Coercive Control which will

be a dual venue event to be

held in Bristol and

Gloucester.

Min is particularly

interested in how

perpetrator tactics can be

identified and has spoken on

the challenging subject of

differentiating between

strident discourse and

deliberate baiting.

With the use of examples

from social media, various

covert tactics aimed at

provoking a response can be

identified with the aim of

creating greater awareness

of how abuse manifests when

it is invisible in plain sight.

Min also talks on coercive

control both her personal

experiences and more

generally.

Let's grow the

conversation!

Editor contact details:

contact@coercivecontrol.co.

uk

Photo by Alex Kilbee of

https://www.museportraits.co

.uk/

spring has sprung and so have I

I write this on a beautiful sunny day, listening to the birds. Spring

has definitely sprung and I couldn't be more pleased. the longer

days and the brighter mornings mean i not only have more energy to

do things. but longer in which to do it!

This is the conference edition of CCChat where we meet all the

confirmed speakers and take a look at what is in store.

the theme of this year's conference is 'Making the invisible visible'.

when we are looking at below the radar abuse that is hidden in plain

sight, it is crucial that we all recognise it for what it is and that

those who understand share the knowledge that is not necessarily

obvious to the naked eye.

the cognitive dissonance around various forms of abuse and how they

intersect causes me significant dismay. on the one hand the message

is that mocking, belittling, name calling etc is abuse and needs to be

tackled yet when it is online, it is something we are often advised to

ignore, to not respond, to block.

We all know that abuse dosn't stop just because we leave the

relationship yet there is an assumption that it will simply fade away

if we ignore it. this is something that may well be true of online

provocateurs who try to get a rise out of people for kicks, but it is

completely different when the abuser is someone who is specifically

targeting someone with the intention causing distress and/or fear.

the ostrich effect is something I am very interested in and ccchat

will be looking at it extensively but, for now, the focus is on

identifying what we can not see under our very noses.

Until next month.

Min x

Making The Invisible Visible 2018


CCChat Magazine is now on Patreon

If you have enjoyed reading the magazine and would like to be

a part of developing and improving it, please consider

becoming a patron and help create a bigger platform for

MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE

Please cut and paste the following into your browser to take

you directly to the page.

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5609243

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Jennifer Gilmour

Advocate for women in abusive relationships

Author of Isolation Junction & Clipped Wings

Columnist for CCChat Magazine

Host of Abuse Talk & Online Book Club

www.jennifergilmour.com

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Rachel Williams

Author

Survivor

Ambassador

All -Round Wonder Woman

Author of: The Devil At Home

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Abuse Talk & Book Club

by Jennifer Gilmour

This month Jennifer has exciting news of a new forum

she is developing and reviews another book.

ABUSE CHAT APRIL NEWS

Since the last edition of CCChat Magazine @AbuseChat has

gone past another Twitter milestone of 300 followers and we

are steadily growing. We have had members join in not just

from the UK but also from the US, Canada, Italy and

Spain. Its interesting to find out how different countries work

in supporting victims of domestic abuse. You can join in

every Wednesday 8-9pm GMT via #AbuseTalk

I have also spent time in developing an #AbuseTalk forum

which will be available soon, I am hopeful for May. I had the

idea a couple of years ago and it has never left me but I

didn’t know how to implement it, when running #AbuseTalk I

soon realised the character limit on Twitter and privacy is a

bit of a niggle.

The forum cannot be seen publicly unless you register for a

profile and it doesn’t have such a restriction for character

limitation.Beta testers feel very positive about it and its

received its main sponsor which I am delighted about.

The Twitter chat will be continuing but it gives you an option

to discuss further and whenever you want in the week.

Themes covered are that of my own and those who join in, if

you would like a particular topic’s covered then you can

always get in touch with me via:

contact@jennifergilmour.com

Anyone can get involved with the discussions, all you have to

do is sign into Twitter on the dedicated time and tweet with

the #AbuseTalk. The account @AbuseChat will retweet and

be involved in the conversation. If you have any articles, blog

posts, thoughts, feelings on domestic abuse then this is a

space were you can express it.

ONLINE BOOK CLUB

“More than books, books with messages”

Online Book Club is a book club with a difference. Read

books that relate to domestic abuse either for interest or for

the educational value.

There are interviews, reviews, as well as a chance to share

your thoughts as talking points and win exclusive signed

copies of some of the books featured.

If you have any questions or want to get involved get in touch

with Jennifer Gilmour, contact@jennifergilmour.com

In February we had our very first giveaway for CCChat

Magazine. Theres a lot of room to still enter so don’t worry…

I have decided to extend the giveaway until the end of this

month. The winner to be announced in the May edition of

CCChat Magazine. Heres the link: http://bit.ly/ccchatmag

THIS MONTH'S BOOK:

Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson

Broken Pieces is an award winning book about relationships,

a study of women, and a book with heart. Broken Pieces is a

collection of pieces inspired by life: love, loss, abuse, trust,

grief, and ulti-mately, love again. In Thompson’s most

intensive work to date, she opens her soul and invites the

reader in for a visit. Thompson goes into those long buried

rooms we lock up deep inside and shares a bit of her soul.

Broken Pieces is vulnerable, raw honesty, and no-holds

barred.

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Jennifer's short review:

The way Rachel has written this made her book a

lot easy to digest and read in little shots. I do

believe others may need to read it like this

because of her honest account of what happened

to her. Rachel’s thoughts within the book are

something I can relate to and I believe her book

will make those who have experienced sex abuse

or child abuse less alone in their thoughts. Thank

you for sharing and for breaking the silence.

If you have read Broken Pieces, please share

your thoughts with me and I will be happy to

include them with the winner in next months

edition. Send to me before 5th May at:

contact@jennifergilmour.com

ONLINE BOOK CLUB by Jennifer Gilmour

The message between the lines”

BOOK GIVEAWAY

Broken Pieces is the book you can win on the

giveaway and you have until the end of April.

For a chance to win email:

contact@jennifergilmour.com

or contact Jennifer on Twitter @AbuseChat

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Steve is a former perpetrator of

domestic abuse. He now campaigns

to end abuse against women.

Founder and Editor:

@StopDVaWomen

#StopDVaWomen

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"I always said I’d never hit a woman,

and then I did."

Steve, a former perpetrator tells his story.

“I told him I wanted to change from the person I’d become.”

Steve

I always said I’d never hit a woman, and then I

did. I assaulted, kicked, my wife one day in June

2014. We were out at a day Conference in

Lancaster. I won’t make excuses, I won’t try to

dress it up as anything other than assault. My wife

asked me to leave the marital home, after

struggling to find somewhere, I eventually left in

July 2014. Friends, saying I needed to sort my

head out, drove me to an Order of nuns on the

Wirral. I stayed on and off for many weeks. It was

during one of these stays that I read a pamphlet

about domestic abuse. On the back, it had one

sentence… ‘’Do you feel you are a perpetrator?’’ It

was then it dawned on me, yes I am.

When I left, I called Respect Phoneline, the people

who put together the pamphlet. After being on the

phone for over an hour, the guy asked me… ‘’What

do you want?’’ I told him I wanted to change from

the person I’d become. He gave me contact details

of Relate GMS, who run a Domestic Violence

Prevention Programme for male perpetrators. I

called and was advised there was a six week

waiting list, if I fulfilled the criteria. I was

accepted onto the Programme and waited.

I phoned three times…I asked if there was a space

yet for me? Not yet… On week six of waiting I

arrived for my first One-to-One with one of the

Facilitators. I later referred to her as a cross

between Driving Miss Daisy, and the Terminator.

She was lovely, but very thorough. On week 1 I

was asked…why did I assault my wife? The same

on week 2, 3, 4…week 5 I was arrested. I was

called by a PC from my local Police. Can I come in

tomorrow to have a chat? Yes sure I said. I arrived

at 3.30pm the following day and was arrested.

Harassment the initial complaint, he dealt with

the assault as well. The PC kept me in custody for

six hours. He interviewed me and asked did I do

it? Yes I replied. Did you? He asked again. Yes I

said. Were there any witnesses? No. Any CCTV?

No. So no one saw you? No I replied. I accepted a

Police Caution, but was told do it again and you

will go to prison.

Later that week I had my one to one with my

Facilitator, ‘’How’s your week been?’’ she asked, I

told her of my arrest. On starting the Programme

you have to sign a contract: *You turn up on time

*Not be rude, speak over others *Be respectful of

others *Take an active part on the Programme,

not just turn up *Not have ongoing Police

involvement etc…

It was a difficult few weeks for me, I considered

quitting a few times. Why? I was continually

looking at my abuse, each week, over and over,

and over. It was very painful, some may say good!

But to connect with your abuse it has to be

painful.

The Group consists of a maximum of nine guys, it

becomes a band of brothers, so to speak. You

support each other, but also hold each other to

account. You can’t pull the wool over the eyes of

guys who’ve been abusive. They’ll see straight

through it. We’re all there to change, that’s it. No

timewasters, you’re taking up a valuable place

from someone who wants to change. By week 16 /

17 I was getting to grips with what I was learning

and the penny dropped so to speak.

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It was still tough, but I was learning to deal

with how I felt, my emotions, my

anger…where it came from, I noticed when it

was building…my Level 1. During this time

my wife and I were meeting up, seeing if we

could go forward with our relationship. It

started as we were going to the same events

through the summer, she thought it a good

idea to break the ice prior to being in front of

our friends.

We started dating again. Eventually I got to

my last evening on the Programme, it was

another tough moment, what would happen

after the Programme. What would I do on

Thursday evenings? I sat on the train station

on the way home, I received a text. It was

from my wife: ‘’Well done, I’m proud of you!’’

I sobbed my heart out.

Time passes by, I left my employer and

started with an agency driving trucks. My

first two weeks were spent delivering to the

area where the Police station I was processed

in, every single day I was there. By the end of

the second week I was screaming ‘’OK I

understand!!’’ you see, both my wife and I

are Christians. I saw it as a sign, a warning of

a sort, not to do the same again, even though

I said I wouldn’t to myself. I worked for the

same company through the agency for 11

weeks.

The Thursday of my final week there, I

walked into work and my boss shouted to me

laughing, ‘’You’re going to prison!’’ I wasn’t

laughing. I looked at my run sheet, yes I was

going to prison, but delivering to one. I felt

sick. I left the depot, feeling as though I was

driving my own prison van. I arrived, spoke

to the Prison Officer and was waved in.

Over an hour I was in there, couldn’t wait to

get out. When I did, it felt like I’d been

released myself. I kept thinking to myself, I

could be doing 25 to life…another lesson

learnt. Eventually after dating for over 3

years, my wife decided not to pursue our

marriage. She resurrected the divorce which

she’d paused a few years earlier. I was

devastated. I still go to the drop in group

held each month for those who’ve completed

the Programme.

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I still love my now ex-wife. We meet up occasionally for

dinner, coffee and a walk. Our relationship we both consider

is better now we're divorced. We’re not dating, just meeting

as friends, but I live in hope...

Male Victims:

Mens Advice Line: Call freephone 0808 801 0327 Monday-

Friday 9am-5pm or email info@mensadviceline.org.uk

Perpetrator Programmes/Understanding

Care 2 Talk

http://www.care-2talk.co.uk

Respect

http://respect.uk.net/

Mencentric

www.mencentric.co.uk

DVIP

www.dvip.org

SPLITZ

www.splitz.org

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Currently Reading:

Look What You Made Me Do

Helen Walmsley-Johnson

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What to

expect

on the day

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Conference on Coercive

Control 2018 - Bristol

The Conference this year is at the University of

Bristol and the theme: Making The Invisible Visible

Why is coercive control so

difficult to identify and

evidence?

How can we increase

understanding of abuse that

is hidden in plain sight?

How can we recognise the

red flags so we can walk away

sooner?

How can we learn where to

look when there is so much

misinformation?

This conference looks at

abuse that falls below the

radar. Because that is

EXACTLY where

perpetrators want it to

remain.

This is the 3rd national Conference on

Coercive Control and the aim is to achieve a

greater understanding of abuse that remains

hidden in plain sight.

What does this mean?

It means the victim knows their abuser, what

makes them tick and also the tactics they use

to undermine, subjugate, isolate and control

but it is not always apparent to outsiders.

It is important to understand how this

happens and the extent of it as, all too often,

the abuser will provoke the victim into a

negative responses and then claim that

THEY, the abuser, is the victim.

We need to be able to identify and evidence

when this happens as, all too often, the

natural tendency is to dismiss the abuse as a

spat, a dispute, a tiff. All too often it is

dismissed as toxic or hostile or volatile with

the hidden subtext that both parties are

culpable, rather than one who is provoking,

prodding, goading, belittling, demeaning,

degrading the other.

This year's speakers will be looking at and

around coercive control in order to shine a

light on an oft misunderstood and

misreprentated form of manipulation.

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#CCCBristol18

Dr Emma Katz

Dr Emma Katz’s pioneering research investigates how children

are harmed by coercive control (not only physical violence)

in contexts of domestic abuse.

Dr Emma Katz’s pioneering research

investigates how children are harmed

by coercive control (not only physical

violence) in contexts of domestic

abuse.

Key issues for Emma are how children

experience coercive control, how they

resist it, and what helps them to

recover.

Emma has received international

recognition and awards for her

publications and talks, and her unique

perspective is generating impacts on

practice across the UK.

Emma is Lecturer in Childhood and

Youth at Liverpool Hope University.

For more information about Dr Katz:

https://www.hope.ac.uk/staff/katze.html

Recent publications:

Radford, Lorraine, Nancy Lombard, Fransizka

Meinck, Emma Katz and Stanford Mahati (2017)

'Researching Violence with Children:

Experiences and Lessons from the UK and

South Africa', Families, Relationships and

Societies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 239-256.

Available from:

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/

tpp/frs/2017/00000006/00000002/art00006

Katz, Emma. (2016) ‘Beyond the Physical

Incident Model: How Children Living with

Domestic Violence are Harmed by and

Resist Regimes of Coercive Control’ Child

Abuse Review, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 46-59.

Available from:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/

car.2422/abstract

Katz, Emma. (2015) ‘Recovery-Promoters:

Ways that Mothers and Children Support

One Another’s Recoveries from Domestic

Violence’ British Journal of Social Work,

vol. 45, sup. 1, pp. i153-i169.

Available from:

http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/

suppl_1/i153.abstract

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#CCCBristol18

Alison Boydell

Alison Boydell co-founded JURIES (Jurors Understanding

Rape is Essential Standard) with the late Jill Saward.

Alison Boydell is a lifelong feminist and

works as an Independent Sexual Violence

Advocate (ISVA) for a Rape Crisis centre.

Alison campaigns against violence against

women and is involved in End Online

Misogyny, which highlights online

violence against women.

Alison has spoken about online violence

against women at Women's Aid and Rape

Crisis England and Wales conferences as

well as for the Centre for Women's

Justice.

Alison has identified similarities between

domestic abuse behaviours and online

abuse behaviours not perpetrated as part

of domestic abuse.

Alison also co-founded JURIES (Jurors

Understanding Rape is Essential

Standard) with the late Jill Saward.

JURIES campaigns for juries in sexual

offences trials to be briefed about the

realities of rape to counter widely held

rape myths and stereotypes.

More recently, Alison has been

campaigning against "sexual

entertainment venues" (SEVs) in

Sheffield and was part of the campaign

group Zero Option, who supported a

woman who brought legal action

against Sheffield City Council for its

unlawful granting of Spearmint

Rhino's licence in 2016.

Alison continues to campaign against

strip clubs as Not Buying It working

closely with the Women's Equality

Party local branch and other interest

groups.

For more information:

https://juriesunderstandingsv.wordpr

ess.com/

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#CCCBristol18

John Trott

John Trott is the Director - Founder of 'AbuseFreeLife'

Investigative and Safeguarding Training and Consultancy.

John Trott retired from the police in 2016 as

a Detective Chief Inspector in charge of the

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Public Protection

Unit. He was responsible for the prevention

and investigation of child abuse, domestic

abuse and vulnerable adult abuse and was

the Devon and Cornwall Force lead for

Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Forced Marriage,

Honour Based Abuse, Female Genital

Mutilation (FGM) and Safeguarding

Vulnerable Adults/Adults at Risk.

Additionally, he sat on the LSCB and SAB

and chaired over 200 Multi Agency Risk

Assessment Conferences. John is an

accredited Senior Investigating Officer and

has led on a number of serious

and protracted investigations up to and

including murder and recently, a number of

high profile investigations in Health Care

settings.

Additionally, he has eighteen years’

experience as a Hostage and Crisis

Negotiator and Coordinator. John is a

Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Chair and

has sat on a number of DHR panels.

Nationally he was a member of the HMIC

National Working Group for Domestic

Abuse.

John is now the Director of AbuseFreeLife.

He consults with and trains police and other

organisations around the United Kingdom on

Domestic Abuse, Coercion and Control, Multi

Agency Risk Assessment Conferences,

Stalking, DASH

Risk Assessment and Honour Based Abuse.

He has lectured and spoken at several events

including at Exeter and Plymouth University,

the Department of Health National FGM

conference, the National Caldicott Guardians

conference and the National Stalking

Conference.

For more information:

https://www.rockpool.life

http://www.safelives.org.uk/

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#CCCBristol18

Dr Karen Morgan

Research Fellow in the Bristol Medical School,

at the University of Bristol.

Karen Morgan is a Research Fellow in the

Bristol Medical School, at the University

of Bristol.

As well as over ten years’ research

experience mostly in gender-based

violence, she also has experience from the

voluntary sector of supporting survivors

of domestic and sexual abuse.

In addition to her work on gendered

violence, Karen has also written,

lectured and provided conference

papers on issues relating to animal

rights and ethical veganism, and is an

Associate Lecturer and Critical Reader

consultant for the Open University.

Currently, Karen is working on

REPROVIDE, an NIHR-funded pilot trial

of a domestic violence perpetrator

programme, which is seeking to gather

evidence as to the effectiveness of group

programmes for male perpetrators.

Previously, Karen was working on

the Domestic Violence and Abuse

Healthtalk module which provides a

resource for women who have been in an

abusive relationship, and for their

families, friends, and professionals

seeking to provide appropriate support.

For more information:

Eos Project

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/

primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/

eos-home/

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Healthtalk module

http://www.healthtalk.org/peoplesexperiences/domestic-violence-abuse

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#CCCBristol18

Sophia Cooke

PhD Student at University of Cambridge,

Blogger and Survivor

Sophia Cooke is a PhD student at

Cambridge. In 2017 Sophia found

herself in the national press accused of

lying about her ex partner assaulting

her.

As a result of her experiences, Sophia

has released a blog.

https://victimscanbestrong.com

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#CCCBristol18

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams survived 18 years of domestic

abuse. She was shot by her estranged husband.

Rachel Williams survived 18 years of

domestic abuse. She was shot by her

estranged husband who then killed

himself.

Rachel now raises awareness of

domestic abuse with her tireless

campaigning is an Ambassador for

Welsh Women's Aid, Threshold - DAS

The Freedom Programme as well as a

Pioneer for Safelives.

On March 8th of this year, Rachel

released her book The Devil at Home

which tells her personal story in

searing detail to help others

understand what happens behind

closed doors.

Rachel is CCChat's 2018

Woman To Watch

The Devil at Home is

published by Penguin

and available in

bookshops, on

Amazon and all good

airports.

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#CCCBristol18

Sarah Phillimore

Sarah Phillimore is a barrister interested in the

intersection between free speech and abuse.

Sarah Phillimore is a family

barrister based in the South West

of England.

She is also the site administrator

of the Child Protection Resource

and a member of the

Transparency Project, a charity

that seeks to improve public

understanding of the family law

system.

Sarah has a particular interest in

issues of freedom of speech and

responsible use of social media,

particularly by regulated

professionals.

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#CCCBristol18

Rosa de Guero

Survivor Of Maternal Abuse

Rosa reported her mother for child cruelty to

herself and her siblings. The trial took place

last year.

In court, Rosa's mother admitted she found

soiled pants in washing and claimed that she

accidently fell forward and underwear went

into Rosa's brother's mouth

Rosa's mother also admitted to slapping

Rosa's brother, throwing a toy elephant and

biting another another daughter and

throwing water at her kids.

She told the court that her husband's long

absences and lack of involvement around the

house left her 'alone', 'isolated' and

depressed' 'I was out of control. I was

completely on the verge of insanity,' she said.

Having admitted to some of the abuse, she

would later tell the court that

Rosa's allegations were 'beyond commenting

on and 'absolutely ridiculous and extreme.'

Rosa's mother was found not guilty of five

counts of child cruelty and three counts of

assault occasioning actual bodily harm

between 1979 and 1993.

Link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/

article-4903050/Wife-Pink-Floydengineer-cleared-child-cruelty.html

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#CCCBristol18

Rebecca Sharpe

Sophie Mortimer

Revenge Porn Helpline

Rebecca Sharpe and Sophie Mortimer

help run the Revenge Porn Helpline

which offers practical assistance in

reporting and removing content online

as well as non-judgmental emotional

support.

Both will be talking about the coercive

control around publishing intimate

images.

Have you had your intimate

images posted online without

your consent?

The Revenge Porn Helpline is the UK's

only dedicated service supporting

adults. Call for free, one-on-one

confidential advice and support via

email and phone.

Revenge Porn Helpline

0345 6000 459

What services do we offer?

We offer practical assistance in reporting and

removing content online.

Whilst we cannot guarantee removal of all

images, our exceptional partnerships with

internet industry partners allows us to

minimise the reach, and some of the harm,

caused by revenge porn.

We provide coaching and advice on how and

when to gather evidence and approach the

authorities, but cannot undertake criminal

investigations or report to the police on the

victim's behalf.

We also offer support and legislative advice

to law enforcement agencies. We are

delighted to have an effective and positive

working relationship with the QMUL Legal

Advice Centre. Offering specialist support for

victims, our clients are signposted to free,

accessible, client-centred legal consultations.

We do not have the capacity to provide long

term counselling to our clients but do offer

non-judgemental, emotional support.

https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/

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Research Highlights Need For Police Forces To Have

Greater Awareness Of Revenge Pornography

In the first survey of its kind, researchers at the

University of Suffolk have been investigating the

understanding of revenge pornography within

police forces, across the county and in the UK.

This builds on the University’s growing expertise

and pioneering research, which addresses topical

issues, particularly those affecting young people,

such as peer-on-peer abuse, revenge pornography,

sexual abuse online and cyber security.

It also follows the launch of the Centre of

Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence

and Crime (CENTRIC) in Suffolk and the Suffolk

Institute for Social and Economic Research

(SISER).

Since the introduction of new legislation in 2015,

making revenge pornography a crime in the UK,

the number of cases has risen sharply with more

victims feeling able to report the crime, while

prevalence in the mainstream media is beginning

to increase public awareness.

In January 2018, YouTube star Chrissy Chambers

won damages in a landmark UK revenge

pornography case. Even though the offence

occurred in 2011, before the new legislation, she

was able to use the Civil Courts to sue her former

partner for harassment, breach of confidence and

misuse of private information.

The aim of the research, conducted by Professor

Emma Bond, Director of Research, and Katie

Tyrrell, Researcher at the University of Suffolk,

was to establish the level of understanding of

revenge pornography among police officers and

staff. The survey of national police forces,

undertaken between late February and Early April

2017, was part of a wider research initiative

funded by the Police Knowledge Fund through the

College of Policing and HEFCE, which aims to

develop the understanding and use of research in

policing.

The survey was developed with the National

Revenge Porn Helpline and was supported by the

College of Policing. Revenge pornography is a

form of online abuse with devastating personal

consequences for victims.

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Laura Higgins from the Revenge Porn Helpline

commented, “We welcome this survey and its

findings, which reflects the feedback we receive

from many of our clients, that many police forces

lack the knowledge or confidence required to

manage reports and that many victims feel they

are not taken seriously. Non-consensual image

based abuse is a problem of our time and, as the

only dedicated helpline for victims in the UK, we

know that the number of cases is growing year-onyear.

We urge police forces across the country to

provide their teams with the training necessary to

ensure victims feel able to report crimes safe in

the knowledge that they will receive the support

they require and that offenders will be brought to

justice.”

Dr Emma Bond

The Revenge Porn Helpline is receiving increasing

reports and calls from victims yearly, with nearly

2,000 in the past year suggesting an increased

need. The relatively recent introduction of

legislation around revenge pornography means

police officers and staff are often one of the first

points of contact for victims, therefore their

response to this is vital.

The findings of the research and the outcomes of

the survey highlighted the lack of formal training

completed by police officers and staff. Of the 783

police officers and staff who completed the survey,

95% reported not receiving formal training on

how to respond to cases of revenge pornography

despite such devastating effects for the victims.

Therefore, going forward, training opportunities

for police forces is crucial.

In addition to the research, the University is

hosting the Virtual Violence: Technologyfacilitated

Domestic Abuse and Control

conference on 10 May, bringing together multiagency

practitioners, academics and students in

order to raise awareness of technology-facilitated

abuse, advance understanding around the

digitalisation of abusive relationships and to

discuss approaches moving forward.

This follows the University’s recent activity

highlighting safer internet use through the

Blurring Boundaries conference, hosted earlier

this month. The conference brought together

experts from across the country to address a

regional audience of delegates from schools,

colleges, healthcare providers, social services and

safeguarding organisations, focussing on topics

affecting young people such as peer-on-peer

abuse, revenge pornography, sexual abuse online,

and cyber security.

Read the full report here:

http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/

ys7F87MKtfIm2XgzqAVu/full

Katie Tyrrell, Researcher at the University of

Suffolk, said “This is one of the first studies to

quantify police understanding of revenge

pornography and the results highlight the limited

understanding of legislation and confidence in

responding to cases of revenge pornography

amongst police officers and staff within the UK,

demonstrating an urgent need for training across

police forces.”

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The Freedom Programme

Founded by Pat Craven

The Freedom Programme

Sponsors of

Conference on Coercive Control 2018 and 2019.

The Freedom Programme is a domestic

violence programme which was created by

Pat Craven. It was evolved from Pat's work

with perpetrators of domestic violence.

The Freedom Programme provides

information, not therapy and was primarily

designed for women as victims of domestic

violence, since research shows that in the

vast majority of cases of serious abuse are

male on female. However, the programme,

when provided as an intensive two day

course, is also suitable for men, whether

abusive and wishing to change their attitudes

and behaviour or whether victims of same

sex domestic abuse themselves.

The Freedom Programme examines the roles

played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions

of abusive men and the responses of victims

and survivors. The aim is to help them to

make sense of and understand what has

happened to them, instead of the whole

experience just feeling like a horrible mess.

The Freedom Programme course

usually lasts for 11 or 12 weeks and is

FREE. It is provided by hundreds of

agencies across the UK. Some of them

are rolling so women can join at any

time but this varies according to the

area.

Freedom Programme

help line number: 01942 262 270

Help desk email:

chris@fpcharity.co.uk.

www.freedomprogramme.co.uk

The Freedom Programme also describes in

detail how children are affected by being

exposed to this kind of abuse and very

importantly how their lives are improved

when the abuse is removed.

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