Illegal Controlling Behaviour
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.
Coercive control is a kind of domestic
abuse, but it doesn't necessarily include physical abuse.
It results in a victim being isolated
from their support network and reliant on someone who inflicts acts
of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation.
Here are 9 examples of coercive
(1) Restricting your
access to money
(2) Stopping you seeing your friends or
(3) Repeatedly putting you down
(4) Scaring you
(5) Threatening to reveal private things about
(6) Putting tracking devices on your phone
(7) Making you obey their rules
(8) Controlling you
(9) Forcing you to do things you don't want to
If you are being controlled contact Safe2Speak for information and
advice on 01744 743 200
You can also report this to
Merseyside Police on 101.
In an emergency call