The Crime In 9

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 behaviour:

(1) Restricting your access to money
(2) Stopping you seeing your friends or family
(3) Repeatedly putting you down
(4) Scaring you
(5) Threatening to reveal private things about you
(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 do

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.