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ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women
ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women
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- Room 1
Opening address
Dr Heather Nancarrow (CEO, ANROWS)

Opening of plenary panel session
Attorney General Mark Raymond Speakman (Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, NSW)
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Plenary 3
- Room 1
Panel discussion [listen and learn]
Participants listen to experts discuss a key theme or topic, with opportunities for live Q&A.
Criminalising coercive control is firmly on the policy agenda across Australia and internationally. While the concept has underpinned legislative and other responses to domestic and family violence for decades, it is only in recent years that jurisdictions have begun to explicitly criminalise coercive control. Since 2015, England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have all introduced an offence of coercive control. These offences are relatively new and therefore the evidence of their effectiveness is limited. 

In a discussion facilitated by Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO, ANROWS, the panel will draw on their personal and professional perspectives to explore the barriers that diverse groups of women face in our existing justice system, the challenges in developing and implementing a coercive control offence, and safeguards needed to avoid unintended consequences of legislative change.

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Break & Networking
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Concurrent Interactive Workshop/Conversation 2
- Room 3
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Interactive facilitated workshops where participants will be invited to engage and offer their own insights. 
This panel will consider the interplay of policies designed to address domestic and family violence and economic insecurity and financial stress experienced by women. Financial abuse is an often under-reported aspect of domestic and family violence. It can have devastating consequences for women, often lasting for decades. And for women who are not subject to tactics of financial abuse, the economic impact of domestic and family violence can still be immense.

The social security system, banking system, housing and homelessness system, domestic and family violence and other service systems can all play a role in alleviating the difficulties experienced by women experiencing economic insecurity – however, these systems can also exacerbate the very issues they are intended to address.

The panel will explore how this can occur, the progress that has been made in recent years and the promise offered by evidence-informed policy.

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Concurrent Interactive Workshop/Conversation 3
- Room 4
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[very interactive]
Interactive facilitated workshops where participants will be invited to engage and offer their own insights. 
For many years, child-to-parent violence or adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) was not seen to fall within the purview of broader family violence policy. More recently, however, gendered behaviour change programs are being directed at adolescents, and many justice systems are imposing a standard family violence response to adolescents using violence in their home. While the experience of adolescent perpetration – both by victims and survivors and by perpetrators – can be highly gendered, lessons from the PIPA project (Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home) suggest that this issue may be far more complex than it seems. This can mean that the blunt instrument of the justice system may cause more problems than it solves: turning victims and survivors away from help; criminalising children, including those with disability; and diverting attention from what, in many cases, is the real source of violence – adult perpetrators. Accordingly, this session takes up the conference theme of what has been effective, for whom, and in what circumstances, by challenging the value of imposing a “one size fits all” approach, critiquing the current justice response and proposing options which can more appropriately address the experience of adolescents who may perpetrate – but also experience – harm.

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Concurrent session: Case Study 1
- Room 2
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Case studies
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Practical sessions designed to provide real life examples where participants will learn about the application of evidence in practice. 
This session will explore the idea of “social entrapment” as a framework for understanding intimate partner violence, and the work that is being done to embed this conceptual understanding of intimate partner violence within the law. The panel is comprised of activist academics who will each present a study of a legal case they were involved with. The cases each involve a homicide within an intimate partner relationship that was characterised by coercive control. The role of structural inequities (such as Indigeneity and disability) will be drawn out, and the limits of family violence safety systems explored.