Domestic abuse isn’t always physical violence. It can also encompass coercive control – a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour. If your partner is acting in the following ways, you could be a victim of coercive control. We are here to help.

  • Isolating a person from their friends and family
  • Depriving them of their basic needs
  • Monitoring their time
  • Monitoring a person via online communication tools or using spyware
  • Taking control over aspects of their everyday life, such as where they can go, who they can see, what to wear and when they can sleep
  • Depriving them access to support services, such as specialist support or medical services
  • Disclosing their medical conditions without consent
  • Repeatedly putting them down such as telling them they are worthless
  • Enforcing rules and activity which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim
  • Forcing the victim to take part in criminal activity such as shoplifting, neglect or abuse of children to encourage self-blame and prevent disclosure to authorities
  • Financial abuse including control of finances or benefits, such as only allowing a person a punitive allowance
  • Threatening to hurt or kill
  • Threatening to harm a child
  • Threatening to reveal or publish private information (e.g. threatening to 'out' someone)
  • Threatening to hurt or physically harming a family pet
  • Assault
  • Criminal damage (such as destruction of household goods)
  • Preventing a person from having access to transport or from working
  • Preventing a person from being able to attend school, college or University
  • Family 'dishonour'
  • Reputational damage
  • Disclosing sexual orientation

Click here on the measures you can take if you think you’re a victim of coercive control. B P Collins is here to help. 


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