International Women's Day:
A bruised mind, coercive control and women’s mental health

Free Members’ Webinar

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Overview of this webinar

We know that during the pandemic, domestic abuse has been the shadow pandemic. Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour. Coercive control creates invisible chains and a sense of fear that pervades all elements of a victim’s life and it impacts on their mental health. This is however frequently not recognised or understood and the webinar is to help us increase our understanding.


  • Setting scene/context – Dr Beena Rajkumar
  • Responding to coercive control – Dr Philippa Greenfield and Jessie See
  • Introducing Professor Monckton Smith – Dr Claire Wilson
  • Stages of Coercion and Control – Dr Jane Monckton-Smith
  • Q+A from the audience – facilitated by Dr Violeta Perez
  • Final comments – Dr Ruth Reed


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