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Living with Coercive Control: Youth Perspectives – Webinar

December 02, 2022 at 4:00 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -


Wednesday 14 December 2022


7-8:30am NZDT (13 December, 1-2:30pm ET)


Online (Canada based)


Learning Network, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children



Youth may experience coercive control and abuse in the context of adult intimate partner violence, divorce, and separation. It is essential to acknowledge and respect the rights, safety, and well-being of young people navigating such situations.

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In this webinar, you will hear the voices of three youth advocates as they describe their experiences with coercive control and abuse, and their subsequent experiences in the justice and service provision systems. Panelists will offer recommendations for how service providers and the justice system can better support youth, respect their rights, and acknowledge them as whole persons. This Webinar includes youth sharing their experiences of historical coercive control and abuse that have been discussed and responded to. 

By participating in this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Acknowledge coercive control tactics against youth and the direct impacts of coercive control on youth.
  • Support youth rights and youth voices in decisions that affect their lives (e.g. court decisions, safety planning, living situations).
  • Understand how to better support youth experiencing coercive control.

The webinar will feature 4 presenters including:

  • Lauren Irvine is a youth advocate from British Columbia. Her work experience includes being a Youth Co-Researcher for a partnered project between the social design company, InWithForward, and the Representative for Children and Youth of British Columbia (RCYBC), later becoming a Social Research Fellow at InWithForward, and now fulfilling a role at RCYBC.
  • Selena Lai is the eldest of an Asian immigrant family who navigated various challenges of a disjointed and pre-mature legal system during her parent's high-conflict 10-year custody battle.
  • Izzy Lebrun is a survivor of abuse, hoping to build a better system for other youth
  • Dr. Peter Jaffe is a Psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University and the Director Emeritus of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.

To find past and upcoming webinars from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University, please visit the Learning Network webinars page.


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