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European Alliance
for Hope and

We are the European Network of multidisciplinary approach
of genderbased, domestic violence and child abuse and
Family Justice Centers


Tuesday 7 June 2022 Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

4th International FJC conference and side events

Intimate terror, a very severe form of gender-based violence

The 1-day conference focuses on ‘Intimate terror’, a very severe form of gender based and domestic violence. Intimate terror has a major impact on victims and their children. In the approach of domestic violence, we notice that intimate terror often last for a long time and that continuity in the approach is not always guaranteed.

Participants can join the conference live or online.

On Wednesday 8 June and Thursday 9 June 2022, following the conference, there is the possibility, for a limited number of guests, to participate in one or more study and work visits.

The masterclass '(Non-Fatal) Strangulation' is organised on 20 January 2022 (online, 15-19.00 CET).

On the 17th of January, 14.30-17.00 CET, we will hold our first online Network-meeting of 2022, focus: "dynamics of gender-based and domestic violence and the multidisciplinary approach". This network meeting is open for participants of our conference on 7 June and members of the EFJCA. More information you find here.

The conference

Intimate terror is characterized by large imbalance of power in the relationship and by compulsive control of one partner over the other, by restricting freedom, isolating and using severe physical and psychological violence, including sexual violence. The victim and the children constantly feel threatened and unsafe.

The conference will give forum to plenary speeches from distinguished guests and break-out sessions by (inter)national experts focusing on intimate terror and coercive control from different perspectives: victims, children and perpetrators. The speakers will go into the dynamics, consequences, how to recognize and acknowledge intimate terror... (programme)

From the U.K. Prof. Jane Monckton-Smith, international recognized for her groundbreaking work on coercive control, will provide a keynote and break-out session.

Our colleagues from the U.S. Alliance for Hope, Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn, founders of the FJC model, will share their international experiences on intimate terror, coercive control and Non-Fatal Strangulation.

Language: English

Target group

The international conference is aimed at a wide audience -on local, national and international level- of professionals who work on gender-based violence, domestic violence and child abuse, from the police, the judiciary, women’s aid, victim support, social services, youth care, child advocacy, the medical sector, mental health sector, restorative justice, perpetrator programs, academic sector, universities and research, training centers, authorities, EC mandates ...

Study- and work visits

On Wednesday 8 June and Thursday 9 June 2022, following the conference, there is the possibility, for a limited number of guests, to participate in one or more study and work visits. Three centers in the Netherlands open their doors for exchange and sharing their specific expertise in tackling violence in relationships and intimate terror.

Registration fee

€ 245,00


COVID measures: in accordance with the in the Netherlands applicable measures.


The 4th International Family Justice Center Conference is organized by the European Family Justice Center Alliance, the city of Rotterdam, Veilig Thuis Rotterdam-Rijnmond and Filomena (Center Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in Rotterdam-Rijnmond).