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2022 ACECC Program

Day One: May 14, 2022

10:00 am cst Welcome 

 

10:15 am cst Keynote Speaker:

Washington Rep. Roger Goodman

 

11:30 am cst Panel Discussions

When Coercive Control is Present Amongst Families: Understanding the dynamics of coercive control in families and it's generational impacts.

Panelists: Kathy Jones, Daniel Pollack, and Nneka Hall
 

Coercive Control - The Roots of Social Injustice: Understanding colonization, legislation, and oppression in the Americas. Solutions to learning from our past and improving our future.   

Panelists: Rep. Roger Goodman, Jules Gill-Peterson, Dr. Mary Aspinall, and
Dr. Mary Kay Keller
 

 

12:30 pm cst Lunch and Learn

Financial Abuse

Angie Chait, Founder & Chair, Chait Commission on Financial Abuse

1:00 pm cst Roundtables 

Dangerous Outcomes: The Long-terms Effect of Coercive Control in Pregnancy

 Host: Nneka Hal, Founder, Mother Is Supreme

 Presenter: TBA

Economic Abuse and its Impacts

Host: Angie Chait, Founder & Chair, Chait Commission on Financial Abuse

Presenter: Amy Durrence  Esq., Director of Systems Change Initiatives, FreeFrom

 

Old and New: How the Abuse of Technology is used in Coercive Control:

 Host: Maggie Kim

 Presenter: Sheri Kurdakul, CEO and Founder, Victim’s Voice

2:15 pm cst Workshops 

The Hidden Victims of Coercive Control: Children.

Johanna Crichton, M.A.

Innovative Solutions: Protecting Survivors When They Bank

Amy Durrence, Esq., Director of Systems Change Initiatives

Myths About Coercive Control: The Implications for Protective Parents and Children of Divorce

Glenda Lux, M.A., R. Psych Lux Psychology Services

Trish Guise, MBA, PDMC™  Divorce and Pre-Mediation Coach, Advocate

 

The Morality of Technology: Considerations When Recommending Tech Tools for Vulnerable Populations

Sheri Kurdakul, CEO and Founder, Victim’s Voice 

 

3:30 pm cst Break (15 minutes)

 

3:45 pm cst Workshops 

Coercive Control in the Courts

Alison Mahoney, ESq, Founder

Intimate Partner Violence Treatment Programs in Canada: Contexts and Observations

Dr. Mary Aspinall

When a Parent is a Covert Abuser: Recognizing and addressing the Impact of Coercive Control on Children

Ruth Darlene, M.A., Founder and Executive Director

 

Children’s Human Rights: Childism and the Impact of Coercion and Control In American Culture

Dr. Mary Kay Keller, M.P.A., PhD., CEIM, CFLE

 

5:00 pm cst End of day Wrap


 

Day Two: May 15, 2022 

10:00 am cst Welcome 

10:10 am cst Workshops 

Coercive Control in Black Families/Dr. Natalie Jones, PsyD, LPCC

The Maze of Coercive Control: it's not your Grandma's Wagon Wheel

Kathy Jones, DV Expert and Founder of Mother's

Double-edged Sword: Temporary Restraining Orders and Coercive Control

Thomas Song, Director of Legal Advocacy

11:25 am cst Special Panel TBA

12:30 pm cst Lunch 

    

1:00 pm cst Panel Discussions

Institutionalized Coercive Control (Courts, Police, Religious & Social groups): How coercive control plays a role in society’s institutions, laws, and further traumatizes victims. 

Panelists: Esther Macner, Marlana Christopher, and Sheri Kurdakul

 
Coercive Control in  Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Recognizing and criminalizing coercive controls to end Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
Panelists: Daniel Pollack, Maraleee McClain, Wendy Murphy, and
Melanie Blow

 

2:15 Workshops 

Survivor to Thriver: Healing Post Coercive Control

Suzanne Barton 

It’s Not About Religion, Judge; It’s About Control” How Coercive Control Legislation Deters Gender- based Inequities Rooted in Religion

Esther Macner, Esq. Founder, Get Jewish Divorce

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Christian Homes

Jennifer Hart, MA, LPC, E-RYT, YACEP, Holistic Psychotherapist 

Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Coercive Control

Carrie McManus, Director of innovation and programs, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Andrea Silverstone, CEO, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention

3:45  pm cst Workshops 

Coercive Control Screening & Support Processes

Carrie McManus, Director of innovation and programs, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Andrea Silverstone, CEO, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

 

Survivors of a Coercive Control Parent - Perspective from a lived Experience

Nneka Hall and Janeli Hall

 

Counter-Parenting: How Abusers Utilize Their Children as Collateral Damage in War Against Their Adult Targets

Kathy Jones. DV Expert and Founder, Mother Justice Network

Coercive Control and the Family Courts - New Legislation 

Maralee McLean, Author, DV Expert, Advocate

5:00 pm cst End of Conference Wrap

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2022 Workshop​s

The Hidden Victims of Coercive Control: Children.

Johanna Crichton, M.A.

A first-hand sharing of a Singapore case study on the long-term impacts that coercive control modeling on all of the victims in the home along with proven strategies of support during recovery. Johanna shares her lived experience of a time when 'her smile was stolen' by her perpetrator husband and replaced by a look of fear and exhaustion. This interactive webinar offers opportunities to learn and share supportive pathways that create positive change that lasts and open the social dialogue on the devastating impact of coercive control on all family survivors.

Double-edged Sword: Temporary Restraining Orders and Coercive Control

Thomas Song, Director of Legal Advocacy

The Model of Systemic Relation Violence helps to redefine

Rather than protecting victims, domestic violence laws are used by abusers as a "sword." Victims are further abused institutionally by the policies meant to protect them. Solutions must come from all levels to ensure that post-separation separation abuse is not get the court’s stamp of approval.

Coercive Control in the Courts

Allison Mahoney, ESq, Founder

Abusers often continue to exert control over victims in court proceedings. They cause unnecessary delays, purposefully increase legal fees, try to disparage and humiliate victims, and file petition after petition (or appeals) in order to harm their victims. Courts do not always--and sometimes cannot--stop these abusive litigation tactics, thereby allowing abusers to

weaponize legal proceedings that were intended to protect victims.

 

 

The Morality of Technology: Considerations When Recommending Tech Tools for Vulnerable Populations" 

Sheri Kurdakul, CEO and Founder

Understanding and contextualizing experiences of coercive control can be quite challenging, especially for those who are not rooted in the work themselves. This presentation will provide an overview of the creation and implementation of the domestic abuse screening process by Sagesse. This process is centered around understanding coercive control within the unique context of each individual. We will discuss our review of other abuse and coercive control screenings and why we created a bespoke process.

Coercive Control Screening & Support Processes

Carrie McManus, Director of Innovation and Programs

Andrea Silverstone, CEO

Understanding and contextualizing experiences of coercive control can be quite challenging, especially for those who are not rooted in the work themselves. This presentation will provide an overview of the creation and implementation of the domestic abuse screening process by Sagesse. This process is centered around understanding coercive control within the unique context of each individual. We will discuss our review of other abuse and coercive control screenings and why we created a bespoke process.

Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Coercive Control

Carrie McManus, Director of Innovation and Programs

Andrea Silverstone, CEO

The language and understanding of coercive control has begun to shift how we view and understand experiences of domestic abuse, deepening our capacity to understand the long term impacts of this crime often perpetrated against women and girls. This presentation will provide an overview of the linkages between practice, policy, legislation and personal lived experience of sexual exploitation and coercive control. We will explore the impacts of the push of human trafficking definitions and experiences on those experiencing domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

“It’s Not About Religion, Judge; It’s About Control”

How Coercive Control Legislation Deters Gender- based Inequities Rooted in Religion

Esther Macner, ESQ., Founder/President

Coercive control plays a critical role in religious institutions of marriage and divorce yet it has not been recognized or redressed in the US, except to a limited extent in California and New York, because of the separation of religion and state. The First Amendment to the US constitution demarks a fine line between, on the one hand the prohibition against making laws that would promote religion and on the other assuring the free expression of religion. 

 

Should conduct evidencing a pattern of coercive control be prohibited from consideration in US courts, only because it is driven by a religious based gendered inequity?  How can coercive control legislation deter such abuse without violating the separation of church and state? 

Innovative Solutions: Protecting Survivors When They Bank

Amy Durrence, Esq., Director of Systems Change Initiatives

Financial Abuse is the control, exploitation or sabotage of money and finances. Eighty-four percent of survivors of intimate partner violence identify not having enough money to support themselves or their children as their biggest barrier to safety. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that 58% of survivors in the U.S. – approximately 19.1 MM individuals – report that a harm-doer has monitored, accessed, withdrawn from, or otherwise controlled their bank account. This problem is worse for BIPOC survivors, who are 3x more likely than white survivors to report that they don’t have a bank account that they alone can access. Financial institutions have an incredible opportunity to support survivors in building financial security – 51% of U.S. survivors say they would seek support from their bank if they knew it was offered. Financial institutions also have a responsibility to provide more thoughtful support for survivors – with 1 in 4 cis-women and 1 in 2 trans folks being subjected to IPV in the U.S., every financial institution has customers that have been subjected to IPV, whether they know it or not.

When a Parent is a Covert Abuser: Recognizing and Addressing the Impact of Coercive Control on Children

Ruth Darlene, M.A., Founder and Executive Director 

Covert abusers tend to have one face in public and another very different dark side behind closed doors which only their intimate partner and children ever see. In this presentation we will examine the characteristics, behaviors and tactics of the covert abuser, how they apply to parenting, the impact they have on children and suggestions for how to counter them.

Survivor to Thriver: Healing Post Coercive Control

Suzanne Barton

Maya Angelou once stated, "As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else." Suzanne Barton published her memoir under a pseudonym in 2018. Ms. Barton's objective was threefold: communicate to her estranged children her unconditional love, validate and share other protective mother's experiences, and promote the healing of relationships to self, as well as family, post-coercive control, and post-family court proceedings. This presentation will delve into the healing journey, of a protective mother, who experienced first-hand how to shift from victim to survivor, and as of this year--becoming a thriver.

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Christian Homes

Jennifer V. Hart, MA, LPC, E-RYT, YACEP,

Holistic Psychotherapist 

Religion often is used as a shield to exact coercive control. This workshop will explore the various ways religious beliefs can exacerbate intimate partner abuse when not addressed from an experienced clinical framework.

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