Workshop by Lisa Fontes: Invisible Chains: From Domestic Violence to Coercive Control

Abstract: We can better address and eliminate intimate partner violence if we see the problem as an ongoing crime of control—more like a long-term hostage situation than a series of physical assaults. This presentation explores the tactics of coercive control including isolation, intimidation, monitoring, gaslighting, stalking and sexual and physical violence.

Born and raised in New York City, Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, has travelled the globe lecturing on topics ranging from the sexual abuse of children to intimate partner violence. Working in the field as a psychotherapist, researcher, and activist, Dr Fontes discovered that many agencies fail to comprehensively address the needs of their immigrant and cultural minority clients. She has dedicated her career to filling this gap: helping the mental health, social service, criminal justice, and legal systems provide better services in communities of colour—especially for victims of violence. She provides keynotes and workshops for medical and mental health professionals, police, social workers, and community members. Dr Fontes also works as an expert witness in legal cases related to child abuse and intimate partner violence (or coercive control). Dr Fontes earned her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also has a Master’s in Psychology from New York University, a Master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a Bachelor’s from Cornell University in Romance Languages and Literatures. Dr Fontes has conducted short and long-term training in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, Guyana, Peru, Puerto Rico, Kenya, and Spain, as well as in more than forty U.S. states. Fontes is the author of the books: Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures, and Child Abuse and Culture. Her books have sold over 60,000 copies, and been translated into Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and two forms of Chinese.

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