Domestic abuse is defined by the Home Office as ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or who have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
Domestic abuse includes so-called ‘Honour’-based violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation.
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(Women’s Aid, 2016)
Coercively controlling behaviour was officially criminalised on 29 December 2015. This means that perpetrators who are attempting to control and emotionally, financially, and psychologically abuse their (ex)partners/family members could face criminal charges for their actions.
Coercive control is defined as ‘A course of conduct in which a pattern of violence, sexual coercion, intimidation, isolation and control are used to dominate and exploit a partner and deprive her of her basic rights and resources’ (Evan Stark 2007).
This can include, but is not limited to:
If you feel that you, or someone you know or who you are working with, are being coercively controlled, please call our helpdesk on 0845 602 9035 and they will discuss your options with you.