Blog Article | 27 February 2017

Safer Poole Partnership International Women’s Day Conference

Safer Poole Partnership mark International Women’s Day with a conference on coercive control and domestic abuse 

This year, the Safer Poole Partnership in association with Bournemouth University, and supported by AFC Bournemouth will mark International Women’s Day with a conference on the theme of coercive control and domestic abuse.

Conference details:

The conference will take place on the morning of Monday 20th March 2017, 9am arrival for a 9:30am start at the The Lighthouse theatre, Kingland Crescent, Poole. The event will aim to finish around 1:30pm. The deadline for booking tickets is Monday 13th March 2017.

The line-up includes nationally-renowned Certain Curtain Theatre Company, with their production of ‘Lady in Red.’

This moving domestic violence drama enables audiences to connect with the issues on a personal and emotional level helping them to ‘experience’ the subject matter and develop a deeper understanding and insight into the complex issues of domestic abuse. Lady In Red explores all elements of domestic abuse and is particularly concerned with highlighting the effects of emotional and psychological abuse. The performance lasts 45 minutes and is accompanied by an after-show discussion.

Assisted by other guest speakers, this conference will be an opportunity for front-line workers to refresh their knowledge and improve their practices to ensure that victims get the best possible support.

Coercive Control Conference 20th March Poster

Guest speakers include:

Evan Stark – Professor Evan Stark is a forensic social worker, author of Coercive Control (Oxford, 2007) and a lecturer who has taught at Yale and Rutgers University. Professor Stark’s award-winning book was the original source of the coercive control model when the Home Office widened the definition of domestic violence, and he played a major role in the consultation that led to the drafting of the new offence.

Nick Gazzard – Nick’s daughter Hollie was brutally murdered by her ex boyfriend, aged just 20 years. Nick went on to set up the Hollie Gazzard Trust along with Hollie’s mother & sister. Nick will be speaking on the subject of coercive control and in particular, this behaviour in the relationship with Hollie. Nick is also a trained Domestic Homicide Review Chair.


Tickets are free of charge and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please book early to avoid disappointment. These tickets will move fast! Refreshments will be provided but not lunch.

For information about getting to the event and nearby public car parks, click here.

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