In this episode of Psych Matters, Dr Andrew Amos is joined by Dr Manjula O'Connor and Dr Karen Williams for a second, more clinically oriented podcast on Coercive Control.
Dr Karen Williams describes specific strategies used by male perpetrators to systematically destroy female partner’s sense of agency and eliminate alternative sources of social, emotional, and financial support.
Dr Manjula O’Connor reports research showing how the learned helplessness associated with complete dependence on their abusers significantly increased the risk of suicide in a group of Australian women subject to coercive control.
The podcast ends with a broad-ranging discussion including psychiatrists’ role in helping women achieve freedom from abuse by providing a trusted relationship, and the societal changes which are needed for a definitive solution.
Some listeners may find the topic confronting. If you are worried about your own or others' wellbeing you can find crisis contacts on the RANZCP'S "Your Health in Mind" website.
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