When Michael moves in with Jeanette and her two children, his jealous partner soon starts exhibiting coercive control behaviours.  As the weeks and months go by it is obvious that Michael is the victim of domestic abuse and his work and social life begin to suffer.  But does he himself recognise he is a victim?
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse, Financial Abuse, Coercive Control
  • Guidance for swearing

Level of Complexity: Intermediate
  • Differentiation applies depending on the audience
  • Trainer to develop the questions accordingly
Video Synopsis
  • Male adult moves in with female partner and her two children
  • Female exhibits signs of jealousy and begins a cycle of coercive control of her partner
  • Male is abused emotionally and financially
  • Male is estranged from his other family and friends
  • Children are witness to the domestic abuse
  • Male’s social, emotional and work life are adversely affected

Issues Covered

  • Male victim of domestic abuse
  • Impact on the family members
  • Emotional and Psychological Harm
  • The difficulty the victim, services, employers and society have in recognizing and responding appropriately
  • Juxtaposition between victim and protector

  • To identify the impact on the victims’ thought processes and decision-making ability.
  • To recognise the signs and techniques employed in coercive control
  • To adopt routine enquiry for Domestic Abuse
  • To identify specialist support services – for male victims, female perpetrators and children
  • To describe the impact of fear shame and blame

  • What are the main issues for each member of the family?
  • What were the barriers to Anisha leaving an abusive relationship?
  • What services could help?
  • What is coercive control?
  • Can you name some of the techniques employed? Link this the legislative framework
  • What could the employer do to support the victim?
  • What is your knowledge of specialist support services to meet the needs of the whole family?
  • What skills, attitudes and behaviours need to be demonstrated to enable a safe environment for a victim to speak openly?
  • What responsibility do organisations have towards the health and wellbeing of their staff? Should there be specific policies and procedures in place?
  • Is there a need to involve estranged fathers?
  • What systems have you in place to ensure effective sharing of information?
  • What are the barriers to sharing information?

Target Audience:

  • Managers
  • Elected Members and strategic leads
  • Human Resources/Health and Wellbeing  personnel
  • Specialist Support Services
  • Adult and Children Services
  • Health services
  • Police
  • Local Authority Designated Officers

Useful For:

  • Conference
  • One to one
  • Group training
  • Awareness event

Training Suggestions:

  • Policy Development
  • Mapping exercise regarding services
  • Create a sample questionnaire to include a question on domestic abuse for the return to work interview

Useful Links

For Further Support

  • Local support services
  • Local authority
  • Local safeguarding Children Board
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • Safeguarding Adults Board