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Non consensual coercive control: a new framework for abuse assessment in BDSM dynamics

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How can helping professionals, intimate partner violence organizations, hotlines, advocates, et cetera, effectively determine whether abuse is present in BDSM dynamics? I want to propose an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) conceptual framework which combines Coercive control models of IPV and the robust discourse within BDSM communities and emerging scholarship on consent. I am calling this tentative new framework non-consensual coercive control. In this talk, I will discuss this tentative new model, which I am in the process of developing as part of my PhD research. I will share not only where I am in my research, but the practical implications of this model for clinicians, educators, activists, and anyone who works with survivors of partner violence.

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Samantha Manewitz


Presenter Bio

Samantha Manewitz, is currently a PhD student at University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, with a graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, where she has presented on a broad range of topics related to sex therapy and sexual diversity. She is an educator and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, who is working towards certification as a sex therapy supervisor. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Samantha was a licensed independent clinical social worker, providing client centered and gender/sexuality affirming therapy to individuals and couples in the greater Boston area.

As an Educator, Samantha has trained mental health professionals, sex educators, and alt-sex communities on healthy communication, abuse prevention, sexual diversity, and neurodiversity. Her research interests center on understanding and assessing abuse and non consensual coercive control in BDSM.

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Devyn Stone


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