What is coercive control?

Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse that isn’t always physical. It involves a pattern of acts used to dominate, intimidate, frighten, and control another person.

Coercive control includes: Isolation from friends and family. Undermining the victim’s self-worth and confidence through criticism, insults, or humiliation. Regulation of everyday behaviour such as their clothing, eating habits, or social interactions. Intimidation by using threats, both explicit and implicit, to instil fear and compliance. Coercive control is now recognised as a criminal offence in the United Kingdom.

If you are in a coercive relationship, you can get support over the phone by calling the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247, or call the Police.

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