Colloquium 1: Coercive Control

Saturday 10 September 2022

The Abusing God Network held it’s first colloquium on coercive control on Saturday 10 September 2022 at the University of Manchester.

The day featured three panels and a performance of the play ‘Control’ by Press Red.

If you are interested in listening back to the panel presentations, recordings of the discussions are available below.

Content warning: As the topics that will be discussed are sensitive in nature, we want to issue a content warning in advance. If you find any of the content upsetting, please do free to walk away from your device and practice self-care as appropriate. If needed, please contact your support group or a trusted friend. Alternatively, in the UK you can also contact either the National Domestic Violence Helpline (for women and those supporting women survivors) at 0808 2000 247, Men’s Advice Line at 0808 801 0327, or National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline at 0800 999 5428.


Dr Holly Morse and Dr Kirsi Cobb introduce the Abusing God: Reading the Bible in the #MeToo Age network and begin the colloquium.

Panel 1

Siobhán Jolley (National Gallery and KCL) – ‘Yes, You Too: The Magdalene, the Madonna, and Conditioning for Coercion.’

Beth Keith (St Marks, Broomhill and Broomhall. Sheffield) – “‘Has No One Condemned You? Neither Do I.” Exploring Confession, Absolution, and Trauma Related Shame.’

Panel 2

Meghan Hansen (University of Oxford) – ‘Male Indifference in the Cursers on ‘Daughter Babylon’ in Psalm 137: 7-9 and Isaiah 47: 1-15.’

Robyn Riggans (WORTH) – ‘Voices from the Ground: “Church Is not a Safe Place for Me.”’

Panel 3

Katie Cross (Aberdeen University) – ‘“But Love Holds Me There”: The Problem of the Theological Legitimation of Domestic Abuse through the Lens of “Control.”’

Matt Britton (Press Red) – ‘“Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?: An “Applied Theatre” Approach to Engaging the Church with the Issue of Coercive Control.’

Closing remarks

Dr Kirsi Cobb and Dr Holly Morse bring the colloquium to an end.


The views, information, or opinions expressed during the seminar are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Abusing God Network, The University of Manchester or Cliff College. The Abusing God Network is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the seminar. The primary purpose of this seminar is to educate and inform and does not constitute professional advice or services.