Dates: April 17-18, 2019

Location: University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall, Huguette Labelle Room (550 Cumberland, Ottawa, Ontario)



The Feminist Anti-Violence Research Collective (FemAnVi) is to now accepting registration for our 3rd international bilingual* conference entitled “Coercive Control: Improving Responses to Domestic Violence”, which will be held at the University of Ottawa on April 17 and 18, 2019.


Coercive control is a concept that was first introduced by American Researcher Evan Stark, who proposes to move away from an understanding of domestic violence based primarily on acts of violence. Although in recent years, considerable efforts have been made to recognize other forms of domestic violence who are not limited to physical violence, including emotional abuse and harassment, domestic violence is still generally perceived as an act of physical violence committed by an individual. The concept of coercive control provides an in-depth understanding of the complex dynamics that allows perpetrators to establish and maintain control over their spouse or their ex-spouse. In turn, coercive control allows us to better assess situations of domestic violence and the immediate risks that are jeopardizing the safety of women and children. Let’s highlight that in England and Scotland, coercive control has recently been introduced into the criminal code.


This conference will bring together experts from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to introducing the audience to the concept of coercive control, we will also examine how coercive control can be used in different contexts, including the benefits of integrating this concept in our understanding of domestic violence and in our legislation. Coercive control is certainly a promising solution to some of the gaps our criminal justice system, family law and youth protection services face when trying to asset domestic violence.


*Simultaneous interpretation will be available in French and English.


Confirmed Speakers

Evan Stark, Professor Emeritus,Rutgers University, the United States

Susan Boyd, Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia, Canada

Rachel Chagnon, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Michelle Cruz, Attorney, the United States

Simon Lapierre, Professor of Social Work, University of Ottawa, Canada

Marsha Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Women’s Aid, Scotland


You have until April 10th, 2019 to register to the conference. Register now to take advantage of our early bird fees available until February 28th 2019!


FEES: until February 28th 2019

Includes lunches, coffee breaks and the cocktail reception

Institution & Individual: $300 + HST 

Community organization: $200 + HST

Student* : $75 + HST


FEES: from March 1st 2019

Includes lunches, coffee breaks and the cocktail reception

Institution & Individual: $375 + HST 

Community organization: $250 + HST

Student* : $100 + HST


* With proof of student status (proof of registration or your winter 2019 class schedule)

** Preferential rates for domestic violence survivors are available to facilitate access to the conference. If you are a domestic violence survivor and would like to attend the conference, please write to:


Please note that registration fees are non-refundable


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Conference Program

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Lord Elgin Hotel –  100 Elgin St,

A block of rooms at a special rate ($ 149 + taxes / night) has been reserved at the Lord Elgin Hotel. The hotel is located within walking distance of the conference venue. Please note that this rate is available only on evenings of the 16th & 17th of April 2019. There is limited availability, please book as soon as possible.


To take advantage of this discounted rate you must register before March 25th 2019 by calling the hotel directly at +1.613.235.3333 and mention that you will be attending the conference : Coercive Control Improving Responses to Domestic Violence.


Lord Elgin Hotel


Other options

Ottawa is a vibrant city with several hotel, hostel and short term rental options avaliable. If you could like more information about theses options please visite the Ottawa Tourism webpage (


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