Are you a primary responder to domestic and family violence, or do you otherwise work directly with families?

Do you want to build your understanding of coercive control, so you can better assist the people you support through your professional practice?

Is it hard for you to find the time for in-person professional development?

Our “Understanding Coercive Control” online training course could be just what you need.

Coercive control might be more challenging to recognise than physical violence, but it can be just as dangerous to those subjected to it. As a professional practitioner who works directly with families, an understanding of the nature and impact of coercive control, along with the ability to recognise and respond to it, is critical to promoting the safety and wellbeing of your clients. 

Through this evidence-based, interactive online learning module, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to support clients who are being subjected to this dangerous pattern of controlling behaviour.

Please note: to enroll in this course, you will need to register as an online learner with Women’s Safety Services SA. Once registered via the link below, follow the prompts to enroll in Understanding Coercive Control.

WHO:  for primary responders and services working with families. Learn how to recognise and identify coercive control.

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:   none required.

DURATION:   3 hours.

COST: $90 per person, for group registrations of 5 or more, please contact us for a discount code at

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define coercive control
  • Understand the range, type, and nature of the behaviours/tactics someone uses to control and entrap adult and children victims
  • Understand how a person’s use of coercive controlling behaviour impacts on victim’s safety, dignity and responses.  
  • Understand the link between coercive control and intimate partner homicide
  • Identify key factors that contribute to a helpful response for victims of coercive control
  • Understand how imbalances of power and other situational factors shape the perpetration of coercive control and responses to this
  • Identify key features of pattern-based assessments of coercive control

Women’s Safety Services SA is a provider of quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed training around all facets of domestic and family violence. Our training draws from the experience of frontline service workers, and is informed by the latest research and practice frameworks. Our online and in-person training courses are designed for social workers, public sector employees, community workers, students and people that work closely with children and families Australia-wide.