Course: NEW! Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship
by Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD
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This book discusses relationships where one person dominates and intimidates another in an abusive process called, coercive control. Coercive control is a special kind of torment because it happens within a relationship of strong personal bonds, hopes, and dreams. Coercive control continues over a period of months, years, or decades—unlike a one-time assault by a stranger. Coercive control wears down a victim’s autonomy and sense of well-being over time. This book is designed to assist all people who are controlled by their partners, whatever their culture, age, gender or sexual orientation.
This book is divided into four broad parts. Part 1 describes coercive control, the ways it shows up in some couples, and how it affects victims. Part 2 seeks to explain why some people use coercive control against their partners, and why it is difficult to break free. Part 3 discusses coercive control of LGBT people, heterosexual men, and teenagers. Part 4 offers strategies and advice for ending coercive control.
(Amended from book: Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship)
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Bio: Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhDLisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, has a doctorate in counseling psychology and has worked in the areas of child abuse, violence against women, and challenging family issues for over 25 years. A professor, researcher, and popular conference speaker, she teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She survived a relationship that included coercive control and stalking. Her website is www.lisafontes.com.
Dr. Fontes has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. In addition to her new book, Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, she has authored, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner's Guide and the book, Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families.
She has written numerous journal articles and chapters on child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She teaches at the University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. She completed a Fulbright Foundation Grant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a volunteer, Dr. Fontes worked for three years with Somali refugees in Springfield, Massachusetts.