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701 | Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control: Assessment and Treatment Using an Embodied Approach

Abuse, Violence, and Trauma-informed Care, Saturday 9/16 2:15 – 3:30, Workshop Tracks


Joy Phifer Ph.D.; Shelley Coleman Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Intimate partner violence (IPV) is consistently defined as any form of physically, sexually, or psychologically abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetuated by one romantic partner against another (NCADV, 2022). Coercive control is additionally defined as the use of nonviolent tactics such as deprivation of money, isolation from friends and family, monitoring time and behavior, restrictions of freedom, and threats to safety or the safety of children to induce fear in the partner to gain power in a relationship (Stark, 2007). Often, these abusive dynamics are stigmatized and misunderstood in the larger systemic culture and, subsequently, opportunities for increased psychoeducation and increased effectiveness in clinical practice remain present. This workshop aims to increase psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders’ understanding of the embodied experiences of victims and survivors of IPV and coercive control utilizing polyvagal theory as a primary framework. Furthermore, the presentation aims to increase participants’ understanding of the Intimate Partner Violence Recovery Measure (IPVRM), which outlines several key factors of long-term, post-trauma healing and recovery specific to survivors.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe intimate partner violence and coercive control dynamics in romantic relationships
2. Outline the embodied experiences of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and coercive control
3. Explain the process of long-term healing and growth after an abusive relationship has ended
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