Pornography, Domestic Violence and the Family Courts

Addressing the impact of pornography and domestic violence on mothers and children and how this is considered in family court proceedings.

June 21, 2022

Slides from Dr Walter DeKeseredy on: Those Who Suffer in Silence: The Contribution of Pornography to Separation/Divorce Violence Against Women and Children can be accessed here.

Slides from Louise Barraclough on: An exploratory study into the potential relationship between easily available online adult pornography and Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) in children and young people can be accessed here.

Addressing the impact of pornography and domestic violence on mothers and children and how this is considered in family court proceedings.

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About this event

Every month, pornography websites get more visited than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined. Over 40 years of empirical research shows pornography damages the health of both males and females. Research links pornography exposure to increased levels of violence against women and children, and to impairment of healthy sexual, emotional, and cognitive development.

Experts have warned of the rising links between fathers’ consumption of pornography, domestic violence and child abuse. Mothers are more frequently reporting being coerced and forced into denigrating and dangerous sexual acts as an extension of domestic violence from perpetrator fathers. Children are more frequently reporting being exposed to pornography. However, many professionals often do not consider pornography consumption to be a child protection issue, despite the known links between violence towards women and children, the health and social implications and the exploitation of women and children in pornography.

The conference will explore the links between pornography, domestic violence and family court proceedings.

Speakers will address the impact of pornography and domestic violence on mothers and children and how this is considered in family court proceedings. Attendees will leave with extensive knowledge and skills to help support families as well as health, social, legal and teaching professionals to think critically about domestic violence, pornography and family court proceedings.

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Agenda
9:30-9:45 Welcome & Introduction

9:45-10:30 Growing up in a Porn Culture: How Hypersexualized Images Undermine Healthy Development

Dr Gail Dines Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies President, Culture Reframed

10:30-11:00 Adolescent Pornography Engagement and New Contexts for Sexual Behaviour and Consent

Dr. Tamasine Preece (PhD, MA, BA, PGCert, PGDip, YMHFA, ASIST) is Curriculum Lead for Health and Wellbeing at a secondary school in South Wales.

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 The Deleterious Impact of Adult Pornography use and Parenting

Dr. Sharon Cooper Staff Developmental and Forensic Pediatrician; Womack Army Medical Center; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Commissioner, CHILD USA The National Think Tank for Child Protection.

12:00-12:30 Those Who Suffer in Silence: The Contribution of Pornography to Separation/Divorce Violence Against Women and Children

Dr. Walter DeKeseredy Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology

12:30-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00- 1:30 Online Addictions, Exploitation, and the Devastating Reality of Sexual Assault among Children

Louise Barraclough (RGN DFSRH) Specialist Safeguarding Nurse, Devon & Cornwall Sexual Assault Referral Centres/ Paediatric centre of Excellence. Devon Sexual Health Services/ Integrated Safeguarding Team – NHS Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

1:30-2:15 Porn, Family Court and Post-Separation Abuse Impacts

Natalie Page, founder of #thecourtsaid and Survivor Family Network

2:15-3:00 Surviving Domestic Violence, Pornography and the Family Courts

Survivor panel

3:00 -3:15 Break

3:15-4:00 Breakout sessions

1) legal professionals
2) health and child protection experts
3) teachers and families

4:00-4:30 Closing remarks and action steps

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