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How to Have Conversations with Child Survivors of Domestic Abuse and the Facilitation of Parent-Child Dialogues

How to Have Conversations with Child Survivors of Domestic Abuse and the Facilitation of Parent-Child Dialogues

About the event

Children who live with domestic abuse and coercive control often live with high and sometimes unbearable levels of fear and insecurity. Some may feel under almost constant threat. It is well documented that a constant state of chronic fear and associated stress has a serious impact on children’s physical and mental health. Helping adults should be skilled in active listening, empathic communication, and have specific knowledge regarding the dynamics of domestic abuse and coercive control. Recent research highlights the importance of talking directly to children about their capacity to cope in situations of domestic abuse. As important, or maybe more important than talking to children, is listening to them.


This live stream will focus on:

  • The impacts of domestic abuse and coercive control on children
  • The typologies of domestic abuse
  • Using the Pace model, as a framework to communicate with children who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse and coercive control
  • Top tips for professionals and parents when communicating with and supporting children experiencing domestic abuse

Presenter: Catherine Lawler

Catherine has over 30 years’ experience of directly supporting children and families experiencing domestic abuse and coercive control. She is a qualified specialist domestic abuse children’s counsellor, helping children and young people identity and work through their trauma experiences. She is also a certified Trauma Informed Schools practitioner.

Catherine has co-authored two books: Domestic Violence and Children - A Handbook for Schools and Early Years Settings and Floss and the Boss, A Story Book for Children, with An Accompanying Professional Guide that Explores Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control. Floss and the Boss was recently showcased at the world education summit 2021. Her second children’s book Luna Little Legs will be released in the summer of 2022.

Catherine develops a variety of training for organisations concentrating on domestic abuse and coercive control, abuse within young people’s intimate relationships, the risks to children accessing pornography and more recently the Carole Check, a training package in memory of her mother who died of a stroke after being subjected to domestic abuse for over 40 years. She has provided two recent podcasts, one looking at children and coercive control and another focusing on domestic abuse and older people for the Ann Craft Trust.

Catherine is a childhood survivor of domestic abuse and hopes that by telling her story she can prevent others from having a similar one or validate others that do


Event Information

Event Date 23-06-2022 5:00 pm
Event End Date 23-06-2022 6:30 pm
Individual Price £20.00
Location Online
Categories CPD live stream events

Company Information

Company Registration 11457893
Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street,
London, United Kingdom, W1F 7LD