COERCIVE CONTROL – takes place within an intimate personal relationship and is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used by the abuser to harm, punish, or frighten the victim, exploiting, regulating and redirecting the victim’s life to gain all the privileges, freedom and rights, leaving the victim with none.
It can involve emotional abuse, continual monitoring, stalking, sexual coerciveness and control of pregnancy, economic abuse, isolation from sources of support, violence, intimidation and threats of violence against people, pets, property.
It is a criminal offence in England and Wales for someone to subject you to coercive control.
The new offence, which does not have retrospective effect, came into force on 29 December 2015.
In most cases the perpetrator will act differently towards others and give no indication of their behaviours demonstrated ‘behind closed doors’. They can be clever, convincing and persuasive in order to avoid detection.