Technology-facilitated coercive control (TFCC): Evidence-based insights for practice

About the session:

This was a presentation to the members of the Australian Counsellors Association.

Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald and Melissa Willoughby developed an evidence package on coercive control for the Child Family Community (CFCA) project within the Australian Institute of Family Studies. This package involves a literature review and synthesis of international empirical coercive control literature focused on victim-survivors. This package translates current research knowledge into implications and practice insights, guiding generalist practitioners. This talk will focus on research on technology-facilitated coercive control and highlight:

Speaker information:

Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald (BA/BSW(Hons), PhD) is a Senior Research Officer with the Child and Family Evidence team at Australian Institute of Family studies, where she works in the areas of evidence synthesis and knowledge translation. Jasmine is currently leading a project to translate empirical research findings about trauma-informed practice and research into resources to support child and family welfare sector practitioners. Jasmine has practice experience in mental health and research expertise in trauma exposure and reactions. Jasmine has previously served as Methodological Consultant for the APS journal Australian Community Psychologist and held academic roles at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, NSW), Australian College of Applied Psychology (Sydney, NSW) and RMIT University (Melbourne, Vic). Jasmine hosts the psychology podcast Psych Attack, having relaxed conversation with experts about the topics they are passionate about in psychological research.

Dr Melissa Willoughby is a Senior Research Officer in the Child and Family Evidence team at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where she engages in knowledge translation activities across a range of research projects related to child and family wellbeing. Melissa’s research focuses on health inequity, violence, criminal justice and gender. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, including analysing linked administrative data. Melissa completer her PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne examining violence-related deaths and morbidity among adults and young people involved in the criminal justice system. She is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne.