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Recognising and responding to coercive control and systemic entrapment – Auckland

February 16, 2024 at 3:03 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -


Monday 11 March 2024




Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland, City Campus


New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse



In this panel, experts from Aotearoa and Australia will unpack the complexity of coercive control and systemic entrapment and explore how individuals, organisations and systems can better support victim-survivors. This is an in-person event.

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This is an in-person only event. A video recording will be made available after the event.


Coercive control is recognised as a harmful dynamic that characterises most interpersonal violence. It can have severe health and wellbeing consequences and it can be fatal. Yet it is still not widely understood.  

Coercive control refers to a cumulative pattern of abuse and violence, through which a person intimidates and threatens their partner or ex-partner in ways that make them afraid and controls their choices and behaviour. It usually includes physical violence, but not always. Through coercive control, an abusive partner can trap their partner within the relationship and isolate them from support networks. Victims can be further socially entrapped by unhelpful responses from other people, organisations and society that ignore or minimise the abuse, blame the victim, or otherwise add to the impact of the abuse. 

Some of the individual acts of coercive control can be subtle and difficult to recognise as abuse when they are not looked at in the context of the wider pattern of abusive and violent behaviour over time. To effectively support victim-survivors, it is essential that coercive control and systemic entrapment are more widely understood. 

The session will share research findings and insights from Aotearoa, including wāhine Māori experiences of intimate partner violence and entrapment. The session will also highlight learnings from Australia including the Australian National Principles to Address Coercive Control, research and progress in system responses to coercive control. 

The panellists will address: 

  • Understanding the ways that victims experience coercive control and systemic entrapment including how this may be different for tangata whenua 
  • Learning from the Australian experience to develop a systems response to coercive control 
  • Understanding and challenging systemic entrapment – including findings and stories from wāhine Māori about entrapment, and exploring how to interrupt systemic entrapment and support women. 

Who is this session for? This session is for anyone who would like to know more about the often invisible harmful dynamics of coercive control – including both violence specialists within the family and sexual violence sectors, as well as those working in wider social services and policy, and in the fields of law, criminal justice, mental health, health and education.  

Registration: Free. Registration is required: Please register by 8 March 2024. For questions, contact the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse at  

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