Coercive control

Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Coercive control only became a crime in 2015.
It’s defined as controlling behaviour that has a “serious effect” on a partner, causing them to fear violence at least twice or causing them serious distress.
What are the signs?
If your partner is constantly chipping away at your self-esteem and rubbishing you.
If they are monitoring who you see, what you wear, where you go and taking away your ability to see your friends and family
Financial abuse, controlling and monitoring what you spend, can also be a warning sign.
Other examples are;
Being stopped from working or going to school/college/university
Having money taken away or controlled
Being isolated from friends and family
Having access to food, drinks and day-to-day products restricted
Having their social media accounts monitored or controlled
Being told what they should wear
Being threatened with violence if they do not behave in a certain way
Having threats made to loved ones or pets
Professor Evan Stark compares it to being taken hostage: “The victim becomes captive in an unreal world created by the abuser, entrapped in a world of confusion, contradiction and fear.”

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